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SJA relocates services to convenient central location in Building 13

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March 28, 2013 | News
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The ceremonial ribbon is cut for Building 13, which now houses the Client Services Division of Fort Hood’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate March 21. Participants included Col. Stuart Risch, Sgt. Maj. Carleen Williams, Capt. Devon Runyan, David Holzschuh, Col. Matt Elledge, Capt. Todd Howe, Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Gault, Brian Dosa and Leanna George. Daniel Cernero, Sentinel Staff
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Claims workers Lilly Cadle, Hanuelore Harris and Kathy Cook are presented with the Excellence in Claims Award given to Fort Hood for the 10th consecutive year. The award is given by the Judge Advocate General each year to claims offices that provide efficient, effective claims services. Daniel Cernero, Sentinel Staff
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Col. Stuart Risch, III Corps and Fort Hood staff judge advocate, addresses the crowd gathered for the SJA’s Client Services Division ribbon-cutting March 21. The new location offers patrons seeking SJA services a convenient one-stop shop. Daniel Cernero, Sentinel Staff
The Client Services Division of the III Corps and Fort Hood Office of the Staff Judge Advocate ceremonially opened March 20 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new location in Building 13, located across from the parking lot of III Corps Headquarters.

For the SJA and the Fort Hood Garrison as a whole, it’s a long-awaited day, said Col. Stuart Risch, III Corps and Fort Hood Staff Judge Advocate.

“We’re extremely pleased and fortunate that today is finally here,” Risch said. “They’re now a one-stop shop for their clients and customers seeking the proper services.”

Risch explained that Soldiers, Family members or retirees seeking legal assistance or representation on issues involving claims, income tax preparation and Soldiers’ medical evaluation board legal outreach council, which is relevant for Soldiers going through the medical disability process, the new Client Services office is where they come for all of their legal needs.

Roughly 10 years ago, the claims offices were located in III Corps Headquarters. Since then, it was moved out to a renovated motor pool on the corner of 79th Street and Santa Fe Avenue, Risch said. For years, the tax assistance office had been housed in a building attached to the commissary, while other SJA personnel were scattered across post.

“But now with all of our Client Services operations in one place, centrally located, and within eye- and ear-shot of our main SJA office in the corps headquarters,” Risch said, “we’re much better suited to provide the best legal services possible to our clients.”

The project’s completion couldn’t have been possible without a

slew of necessary parts from across the installation working together, Risch said, including the Fort Hood Garrison command team of Col. Matt Elledge, garrison commander; Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Gault, garrison command sergeant major; and Andy Bird, deputy garrison commander.

“This day did not come about on its own,” Risch said. “Many folks played a significant role in the acquisition, design and construction of the building.”

In a light-hearted way of looking back at the history of SJA, Elledge referenced its formation date of July 29, 1775.

“A very smart man that George Washington,” Elledge said, “because on June 14, 1775, he stood up an Army with a bunch of infantryman running around, so he quickly figured out he needed to get some lawyers involved or we’re going to have an issue.”

Elledge went on to express his deep appreciation for SJA services, and brought to light some statistics showing a glimpse of what they do.

“You’ve overseen about $10 million in legal services,” Elledge said. “That’s what you’re saving our Soldiers out there. You’re facilitating claims day in and day out.”

Before the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon, three claims workers were brought to the front to be recognized for their outstanding work.

Kathy Cook, Lilly Cadle and Hanuelore Harris, who between them have 57 years experience of claims service, aided Fort Hood in receiving the Excellence in Claims Award for the 10th consecutive year.

The award is given by the Judge Advocate General each year to claims offices that provide efficient, effective claims services.
 
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