Category Archives: Legal Issues


‘Not Guilty’ at Grafenwoehr Elementary School

  By Destini Haith and Gabby Wilson, Grafenwoehr Elementary School fifth-grade students (with assistance from Dr. Hunter)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On Monday, May 2, fifth-grade students from Grafenwoehr Elementary School traveled to Vilseck Rose Barracks to conduct a mock trial, called People v. Woody.   The Mock Trial was…

May 12th, 2016 Legal Issues, School News

Request legal assistance appointment online in Bavaria

Brought to you by the Seventh Army JMTC Office of the Staff Judge Advocate   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Seventh Army Joint Multinational Training Command, or JMTC, Legal Assistance Offices in Bavaria are now taking requests for appointments online.   Service members and their families can request an appointment from any…

April 25th, 2016 Legal Issues

Understanding what Regional Contracting Office Bavaria can do for you

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The role of the contracting office here is to connect contractors and vendors with the U.S. Army to help support and meet the mission and objectives of the U.S. Army.   The 928th Contracting Battalion is the Regional Contracting Office that assists U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and…

April 18th, 2016 Legal Issues, News

Estate planning for Soldiers and families in Germany

By Capt. Clyde Kilgore, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   In the event of a Soldier or family member death, courts may apply German Law, the law of a U.S. jurisdiction or a mixture of both, depending on the circumstances. Soldiers are encouraged to visit the Legal Assistance Office…

April 17th, 2016 Legal Issues

Legal office: Issues to consider during tax season

By Capt. Jennifer Bryer, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is time to pay the piper: U.S. federal taxes for 2015 are due April 18, 2016 (an exception to the normal due date of April 15 because of the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington D.C.).…

March 23rd, 2016 Legal Issues

Large number of claimed exemptions leads to high tax bills

By Capt. Jennifer Bryer, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   Many single Soldiers throughout Bavaria have claimed a large number of exemptions on their federal withholding forms causing them to owe a large debt to the IRS for failing to pay taxes during the year.   The tax centers…

March 9th, 2016 Legal Issues

7 myths about the Legal Assistance Office explained

By Capt. Clyde J. Kilgore, 7th Army JMTC   Myth #1 — A general power of attorney will allow my spouse to take any action that I could take. False. General powers of attorney are often not accepted by corporations, agencies and institutions. Any organization to whom a power of…

February 15th, 2016 Legal Issues

Soldiers can avoid unnecessary credit card fees

  By Maj. Paul Butler, 7th Army JMTC   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tired of paying foreign transaction or annual fees when you use your credit card overseas? If you’re on Active Duty (or a Reservist on Active Duty), you’re in luck!   Military life while stationed overseas can be expensive.…

January 25th, 2016 Legal Issues

Hatch Act: Federal employees’ guide to social media and email

    U.S. Office of Special Counsel press release   The Hatch Act, a federal law passed in 1939, limits certain political activities of federal employees, as well as some state, D.C., and local government employees who work in connection with federally funded programs. ​The law’s purposes are to ensure…

January 22nd, 2016 Legal Issues

7th Army JMTC Legal Assistance Offices: What we do

By Spc. Devyn Neta, 7th Army JMTC   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 7th Army JMTC Legal Assistance Offices are available to offer a variety of legal services to our Soldiers, their families, and DoD civilians.   Both the Tower Barracks Legal Assistance Office and the Rose Barracks Legal Assistance Office…

January 5th, 2016 Legal Issues