In our democracy, it may seem like the US military and the US Congress have very little to do with each other. But when it comes to resolving troublesome situations with your command, a little Congressional oversight can sometimes go a long way. It may not seem like your Congressional representatives have the power to govern the military, but ultimately Congress can play a significant role in holding the military accountable to its own laws and regulations. After all, the code that military regulations are based on comes from the laws passed by Congress. You have the right under federal law to contact your Congressperson for assistance in peronal military matters. Contacting a Congressperson is protected communication, which means that no one is allowed to punish you or otherwise retaliate against you for contacting Congress for assistance.
Do you know your rights? Call 1-877-447-4487 to get help!
Are you in the military or thinking about joining? Are you unsure of where to get reliable answers? Call the GI Rights Hotline at 1-877-447-4487.
- Call for yourself or someone you care about
- Free and confidential
- One hotline for a nationwide network of counseling centers
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The GI Rights Hotline provides accurate, helpful counseling and information on military discharges, AWOL and UA, and GI Rights:
Why should I call 1-877-447-4487?
The GI Rights Network is a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that answers thousands of calls from military personnel and their families. There are many reasons for these calls. You can call us for help with any of the following issues:
- DEP Discharges (Delayed Entry Program)
- Entry Level Separation
- Dependency or Hardship Discharges
- Medical or Disability Discharges
- ODPMC or Psychological Discharges
- Conscientious Objection Discharges
- Homosexual Conduct Discharges
- Reservist Unsatisfactory Participation
- AWOL or UA
- Reservist Mobilization
- Article 138 Complaints
- Harassment or Discrimination
What will happen when I call?
- Your call will be directed to the a Network counseling center in your region.
- You will be helped by a trained GI counselor.
- If a counselor is unavailable, you may leave a voice message, or contact the Hotline by eMail or text message.
Our trained civilian counselors are ready to help you sort out your options.
Call now — the call and the service are free and confidential.
The GI Rights Hotline has just adopted a new phone system which should bring some benefits for callers including greater availability. The number remains unchanged, 877-447-4487.