Coast Guard members found not fit for continued service because of an injury or illness incurred in the line of duty are entitled to counsel beginning at the informal board level. Members are entitled to have counsel advocate on their behalf at both the informal and formal board levels. Alternatively, a member can decline detailed military counsel and hire a civilian attorney at his or her own cost. CG-LMA-A Judge Advocates further assist disabled members in making the transition from active duty to the civilian community by connecting them to vital services with other agencies such the Veterans Administration, the Navy Safe Harbor Program and the Social Security Administration.

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