July 30, 2019
I came to Thomas Roughneen and associates after I received some pitfalls concerning my Medical Evaluation Board/Disability Evaluation System case with the Air force and the NY Air National Guard. I served the NYANG for over 16 years and also an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. As the years progressed after my deployment in support of OIF, it became evident that my body and mind was becoming more and more broken due to my exposures from the toxins from the KBR and third party operated Burn pits, the multiple explosions I have been exposed to. My command initiated a MEB case- due the bullying nature of the IPEB, and my extreme lack of knowledge in this matter, as stated before, it did not initially go in my favor and I was down on my luck.
106TH RQW NYANG
July 19, 2019
July 15, 2019
In early 2019, my family unfortunately experienced a tragic loss of a loved one due to negligent accident. I consulted with Tom regarding some legal options. Not only did he provide professional, sound legal guidance, more importantly, Tom immediately provided personal ongoing support to me and my family. Which he still does to this day. He is extremely caring, compassionate and empathetic. If you want realistic legal advice, with a personal touch from a lawyer that truly cares, Tom is your guy.
(Editors note: Army Sergeant First Class initially reduced to Staff Sergeant and notified for AGR administrative separation. Board retained finding no misconduct due to mental health reasons and rank with back pay restored)
26 Aug 2018. I was ready to give up when a good friend of mine told me how much Tom had helped him in the past. My friend told me up front that Tom wasn’t cheap but insisted I MUST contact him. I reluctantly agreed to do so and I can’t imagine how things would have gone had I not.
Tom took care of me and my family as if we had known him for years. He knew just what to do and say to let me know that all hope wasn’t lost and if we work hard we’ll get the positive results I deserved. He would call almost daily even if there wasn’t anything new to report just to ensure my family and I were doing ok. He would offer advice and words of wisdom to help us get through tough times. Looking back now, all of that helped immensely and it may have saved my career and my marriage.
My friend described Tom as a “shark” when it comes to legal matters. While I feel that term may be a bit harsh, I know now what he was referring to. I was extremely impressed with his knowledge and his level of preparedness. He was not afraid to speak his mind to people at any level if they were wrong or unaware of relevant laws and regulations.
Hard to say how things would have turned out had I tried to handle things without Tom. I can say, without a doubt, that I’m sure I received the best possible outcome with his help and guidance.
1 Dec 2018. (Editor’s note: update after writing first testimonial). Sorry it took so long to get this put into a word doc. My status hasn't changed much. I'm still waiting for the TAG to make his decision to lift the flag so I can get E7 back (hopefully). I am leaving the AGR program and retiring as an M-day. Thanks to you, I will get my retirement and although it’s a consolation prize, I'm ready to get on with something new. Too many otherwise good officers are too worried about their own careers that they're willing to let a good soldier and valuable asset leave their organization.
10 January 2019. Final update upon voluntary decision to retire with rank and back pay restored.
SFC Retired M.B.
August 22, 2018
Thomas expertly assisted me through the Navy Formal Physical Evaluation Board (FPEB) process as a U.S. Marine. I am very financially strained, so I also utilized a government-assigned attorney. However, I believe it's always important to get a second opinion--especially for such a life-changing process.
Thomas gave me EXCELLENT advice, while not wasting my time or racking-up unnecessary billable hours. Further, he was able to connect me with a veteran physician familiar with the FPEB process who made all the difference throughout. I have no one to thank but Thomas for having such an ally on my team amid such an important battle.
In the end, Thomas enabled me to achieve a successful result (medical retirement) that will help me provide for myself and my family.
Thomas is a patriot of the highest order, and his service to this nation and its veterans continues to have a profound impact.
Very respectfully submitted,
Major X, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
September 11, 2017
One day a lawyer called me out of blue and identified himself and that he had information that the Army wanted to separate me and whether I wanted legal representation. My unit did not call to help where I had been a drilling member who deployed 4 times. But this lawyer went out of his way to find me through one of my friends. I said, "yeah, I could use a lawyer." He didn't have to find me but he did and then explained that the NJ Guard had started the process to administratively discharge me for unsatisfactory service, or Absent Without Leave (AWOL) and that he would be serving me as a Trial Defense Services Army National Guard Judge Advocate. I had received certified letters about not showing to drill. I had serious, combat-related, health issues and told my command that was the reason I had stopped going to drill
I had went and spoke to the Commander who suggested getting me help but nothing came of it. The 1SG seemed to want to pursue the AWOL letter.
Thomas Roughneen represented me along with another lawyer on his legal team and put me in touch with a Social worker. He directed me that I needed a pha and to which personnel I needed to see about medical issues. This guy cares.
I would have lost 20 years of service towards retirement, my family's Tricare benefits and 12 years active. I do not know if anyone else would have even contacted me and the board likely would have proceeded without me.
If you want to know more about why to hire him, contact Thomas for SFC C.T.'s email address and I will share more.
MR Roughneen helped me when no one else would. I received retirement thanks to him. The army was going to give me 10% disability which means a severance check after 3 deployments during 12 years and 10 months in service to my country. My body gave out everyone in my unit and the dod civilians didn't care. They all said its just your time to go sign here report there and go away. No one was willing to help me at all. Thats when i knew i needed help so i contacted 6 different law firms with a general request and some info on what i was going through. 2 emailed me back with what seemed like an auto reply but. Mr Roughneen emailed and called me we talked for what seemed like weeks. He gave me great advice and helped me through many difficult situations. When it came time i retained him for a fee and now i have 60% and retirement if it wasn't for Mr Roughneen i would have nothing to show for the years i gave my country so i want to say thank you Mr Roughneen keep up the good fight for all of us vets out there!
John, J... U.S. Army, Sgt, Ret.
On Sep 15, 2016 7:24 AM, "j j" <@gmail.com> wrote:
Its great to hear from you again it makes me feel better knowing that people still care about other people out there its going well a lot of stress is gone and all that is left is to get started on collage and to continue therapy I am actually happy and ready to move on with my life I know for a fact if I would have stuck it out with you I would be better off but I just folded under the pressure and did not want to deal with the local people who are "suppose to help me " any more what I am trying to say here is thank you for every thing and I wish you long and happy life with your family
P.S. is there some where on your site that I could post or give you like 20 stars or something I would really love to tell everyone how much you helped me
August 2016 - 70% Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) PEB Rating. The NJ Army National Guard had determined that severe injuries to technician were not in the line of duty (LOD)
Dear Mt Roughner
Thank you very much for all you have done for me since the first to me met at MMU, two years ago. i only have good things to tell anyone about all your effort and dedication, you made this possible, all the way, even walking an extra mile and listening my sorrows when that was absolutely not your responsibility or obligation more then a JAG or a counselor you become a friend, a truly one. It has been a long journey and regardless of the outcome, I am really grateful for having met you and had you by my side as a Judicial Adviser and a friend. Thank you for believing and helping me along this way, during all this difficult time.
My whole life was suddenly turned 180 degrees around, everything I had was lost in a short period of time. Such losses above and beyond my health issues included; the personal traumas of the tragic loss of family members, I lost three brothers in less than 4 years, legal issues and expenses with my ex-wife trying and succeeding in keeping my now 8 year old son.
My health issues resulted in the loss of the job I loved and worked so hard to obtain as a Federal Technician within the DoD. I was sent home after my Health issues, deemed I was unfit for work. I was excluded from my Unit's deployment list to Kosovo.
I lost my car, my home, my health, my friends and my financial stability and since that incident this all trigged a chain reaction of events, that were life changing and altering events, pushing me to a place where no good man should ever be. Yet from that place I could contemplate who was the ones standing by my side and supporting me, and among those was you Sir, helping me not only to pursue my rights, but reminding me to never give up, even when my anxiety levels reached places where I doubted my own mental health, in your words of wisdom and motivation your strong caring presence kept me strong and pushing ever forward.
My life indeed will never be the same due to the limitations of my current health issues. And with this in mind and choosing to move forward in my life, and in so accepting this fact, as I found that I could no longer afford to continue living in New Jersey, due to the costs of living, medical bills, and as a National Guard member I did not and do not have access to the VA Hospital, or any Medical Examinations, Medications, Testing or other such specialized Care or other Updates for my health, I have had to have it all be an out of pocket expenses, or through my personal health insurance, Thank God I have it from my Old Job with the DoD as a Federal Technician. Which still costs me over $300,00 per Month plus co-payments as applicable. Tricare does not accept me as I have the DoD insurance, and I am not considered as a wounded in Line Of Duty by the VA, even if the NJARNG
Have an awesome Day Sir, and Blessed be with the blessings of love, friendship, balance, health.
Thank you for ALL you have done for me, and feel free to tell anyone who you decide to do so, how hard was on my own personal path since we started this journey, and why one should never Give Up, you have my full permission to use me as an example. Blessed be You with the blessings of Wisdom, Knowledge and great achievements. Thank you again.
April 2015 R.S., Army Officer about his recent vacation (two deployments):
"First time in 8 years I've been able to truly relax, and I have you to thank for a big part of that relief now :)"
In 2004, I J.P., was facing charges of neglect homicide and dereliction of duty for failure to clear my 50 caliber weapon. The weapon was inside the cradle when a young sergeant first class, decided to tell my crew to download weapons will I was busy monitoring the radios. As I came up to clear them my soldier was throwing them into the tank following the order of this young sergeant first class. The weapon wasn’t cleared and it hit the inside of the tank going off and killing a young and brilliant soldier. I was given a lawyer that requested that I make a plea deal. After weeks of having this lawyer and telling him what happened down range I ask him to tell me about my case. He didn’t have a clue and I was supposed to appear in court in like a week or two. I happen to talk to this young and brilliant major name Roughneen. I told him about my case and he immediately began asking me questions that showed he was interested in helping me win this case. But he was only in Germany during the summer for a few weeks. When my trial date came later in October, I emailed him that I could only see myself in a striped prison uniform. I was able to request for him to be my lawyer. As soon as he showed up we worked on my case literally all night. He was hanging pieces of paper on the wall making sure he got every piece of detail. He requested to find a tank and we replayed the incident down to the exact detail on the tank. He done more in one week to prepare for this case then my appointed lawyer did in the whole time he was with me. I knew that this Major was not just here to get a pay check, that he was here cause he cared about me as a soldier and really wanted to find out what happened. That is all I wanted was a chance to prove myself innocent. He gave me that chance; I was facing getting kicked out and 3 years or more and only ended up doing 5 months in jail and losing my rank. Because of him I also got to stay in the military getting paid on active duty while serving my time and I was discharged with a disability pension. Major Roughneen is a soldier’s soldier. He gave me his all plus a 100 percent of his time and I am thankful for a lawyer like him. He actually cares about the soldier and not just the money or just going along with the decision of higher ranking officers. For all the soldiers out there that need a strong minded and smart lawyer attorney Roughneen is your man. For soldiers out there with disabilities that are being unfairly treated and are in need of a great lawyer that will have your back and make sure that you’re taken care of then attorney Roughneen is the best man for the job.
My name is K.M., and when I first met with Thomas Roughneen I was overwhelmed, emotional and scared because of the situation that I was in. Thomas was the only lawyer who immediately calmed my nerves and put my challenge into perspective. He was like a psychologist, helping me to think through my options and it gave me the confidence that my life in time would go back to normal as long as I followed a few simple steps. I left his office feeling confident that he had the intelligence, connections, and experience to help me. That feeling was invaluable, as it helped me take the necessary steps to start the healing process. I swear that God led me to him because he was an excellent combination of attorney, counselor, advocate, and friend, something that is often much needed when you feel that your world is falling apart.
A.B., Army Sergeant's wife (two deployments):
"Hi Tom! Wanted to share this email with you. It’s almost a done deal.I also wanted to let you know that Ron has decided there is to be no “official” retirement party; however, he has agreed to get some people together on Sat Mar 7th following drill. I (of course) am inviting a few people including immediate family and close friends to also be there and I wanted to extend that invitation to you. I know it’s kind of last minute and PA is pretty far for you to travel but I told you’d I’d let you know about a party.
Thanks so much for all your help through this process. Just knowing we had you in our corner keep me sane many times.
Talk with you soon!
FROM M.J. (Father of an injured Veteran with two deployments)
"Therefore we have you leading the legal battle, 2 staunch advocates at the Wilmington VA and three excellent folks at Fort Campbell helping things along. Definite progress. Sounds like a great team to me. Once again, thanks for all you do. You may not realize it, but I think this sad affair would have been quite hopeless without your efforts."