Retirement Obtained For Coast Guard Warrant Officer Facing Elimination

We recently represented a Coast Guard Warrant Officer who was facing elimination after 19 years of service due to two alcohol related incidents. This would have lead to the loss of all of his retirement benefits. We petitioned the Coast Guard, and were able to show that, due to the length of time between the two incidents, and the conflicting evidence from the most recent incident, that the policy should not apply, and he should be allowed to retire. We argued this, even though the Coast Guard policy does not seem to leave any room for discretion, and says separation is mandatory. Today we learned that our client would be allowed to retire, and would receive an Honorable Discharge, preserving all of his benefits. A great result for this career Coastie!

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William E. Cassara- Military Law Attorney

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