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.