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United States Army
521 Fraim Street
Fort Detrick, MD 21702
Legal assistance is available to you and your family. Below, you’ll find information about claims and installation specific programs and services. If you have questions, reach out to the legal assistance program at your installation.
The Legal Assistance Office in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, provides individual legal services to active duty members of the uniform services, military retirees, and their families. Members of the reserve component of the armed forces may receive individual assistance with legal issues pertaining to mobilization and deployment.
Types of Services
Legal assistance attorneys provide information and legal counsel to resolve personal issues on a variety of legal subjects and military personnel matters.These include but not limited to:
Attorneys negotiate and correspond to opposing parties on behalf of clients and draft documents, such a simple contracts. However, legal assistance attorneys do not draft court documents, appear in court or provide business advice. For adverse administrative actions, attorneys counsel soldiers on drafting rebuttals and appeals.Call 301-619-2221 to make an appointment with an attorney.
Power of Attorney/Notary Services
Power of attorney preparation and notary public services are available by appointment on Tuesdays & Thursdays. To expedite the process, clients must call ahead with the information for the power of attorney. Clients must also ensure a notary is available.
The Legal Assistance Office coordinates an annual tax assistance program for eligible clients from January through April. Please contact the tax line via legal assistance at 301-619-2221.
The Claims Office, which can be reached at 301-619-2221, can provide guidance with filing and online pClaims for household goods, personal property and privately owned vehicle shipments. Additional guidance can be provided for filing FRV claims directly with the carrier. Attorneys are not available to represent claimants in these cases.
Trial Defense Services
The Trial Defense Service at Fort George G. Meade, Md., provides attorneys to service members who are facing discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Justice or involuntary discharge under administrative procedure. Call for an appointment at 301-677-9218.
Hours of Operation (Legal Assistance & Claims Office)
The Legal Assistance and Claims Offices are located in Building 521 Fraim Street, Room 1. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays, then 1:00 pm. to 4:00 pm. Monday-Friday. The office is closed for lunch each day from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The office's telephone number is 301-619-2221 or DSN 312-343-2221.