Special Veterans Day Message from our Friends at Tully Rinckey
November 11th Serves as Remembrance for Veterans and the Freedoms They Fought to Protect
November 11th marks a special day in which we honor this country's Veterans who have given so much of themselves so that all of us can enjoy the freedoms and security we have today.
As our citizen soldiers come back from Iraq, Afghanistan, and bases around the world it's important for our nation to respect the price they have paid due to their deployment, and often times, numerous deployments, and ensure that our veterans and members of our military enjoy the rights afforded to them for their service.
Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), servicemembers are protected from employment discrimination due to their military service. USERRA works to preserve the seniority, promotion, health care, pension and other benefits of citizen soldiers when they return home to the jobs they left to serve the country.
This Veterans Day, while we remember the sacrifices made by our soldiers, let us also remember to honor the rights provided to our nation's serving men and women. It is these rights that allow our soldiers to protect our country with peace of mind and the knowledge that when they return, they will be able to support themselves and their families.
Our attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC have handled thousands of USERRA cases since the firm's founding in 2003, with new servicemembers calling every week seeking help with their discrimination cases. Our firm also knows what it means to serve. Six members of our legal team, including both founding partners, were in the military.
One of our newest and most experienced military law attorney's is Major (Ret.) Eric Montalvo, Esq., a member of the Marine Corps for 21 years and a former military JAG officer. Eric is well versed in military law, specializing in:
- Military Criminal Defense
- International Military Law
- Security Clearance Law
- Disability/ VA Claims
- Board for Corrections Military Records
- Article 15
- Immigration Law
Below is a Q&A with Eric so that you can learn a little more about him and I invite you to check out our website at FedAttorney.com for an in depth look into all attorney's backgrounds and specialties. If you have questions about your rights under USERRA or have military legal issues, call Tully Rinckey PLLC 24/7 at 202-787-1900.
Mathew Tully, Esq.
Founding Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC
Q&A with Major (Ret.) Eric Montalvo, Esq.
Why did you join the Marine Corps?
I grew up in a time when veterans were not so favorably looked upon. My Dad, a Vietnam Veteran would always let me know the critics were no so well informed and things were not so cut and dry. When I was a college student in Florida, I realized that my current education and career path were not fulfilling my lifelong goals. I began visiting different military recruiting centers who gave me options I would have in their particular branch. The Marine Corps recruiter, unlike any other branch, reiterated that "the Marine Corps does not give you anything, you have to earn it." I can still remember that recruiter's voice! I took his response as a challenge and enlisted in the Corps. During my twenty-one years of service I served in the Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06, and Afghanistan. During my tenure I transitioned from the rank of Sergeant to my final grade as a "Mustang" Major.
What brought you to Tully Rinckey PLLC?
After retiring from the Marine Corps in mid 2009, I was looking for a legal practice that would allow me to continue serving service members and veterans. Tully Rinckey PLLC not only specializes in these practice areas, but they are devoted to serving veterans and current service members in their USERRA concerns, disability claims, and other legal issues that arise. This deep seated commitment stems from a practice founded by two former service members. I knew that I was joining an organization that had "boots on the ground" experience and was dedicated to helping their fellow service member in their time of legal need.
My experience thus far has been that Tully Rinckey PLLC is a synergistic team of attorneys and support staff who use their expertise to seek redress for the men and women who serve our country. I am honored to be able to continue to serve this Nation's service members, aiding them in all aspects of their legal concerns.
What are the advantages of being represented by a Service Disabled Veteran Owned law firm?
Being a disabled veteran is particularly noteworthy. These are men and women who have not only sacrificed to serve their country they have suffered chronic physical and mental consequences as a result. Understanding the obstacles that disabled veterans may face is a unique perspective that very few attorneys can match. It gives us an added sense of inspiration because we know what the client is going through.
Do you and your family members do anything special for Veterans Day?
As we do with all holidays devoted to past and present United States military service members, my family takes a moment to acknowledge and remember the great sacrifices that have befallen our Nation's service members. They understand that freedom is not free. Whether through participation in parades, writing "thank you" letters, contributing to the Disabled Veterans Society, or taking a minute of silence to remember those that continue to fight for our freedom, we honor our veterans and their families.