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June 14, 2024
I found Citizen Soldier Law in an online search, Since my employment law case specifically involved an issue with military discharge, I felt confident that the high number of Military Veterans on staff at Citizen Soldier Law, made this firm especially qualified to handle my case, their adaptability to my specific needs, as well as their professionalism forged from their years of military training and experience makes Citizen Soldier Law the best option for anyone seeking help with a legal matter.

Jeremy T.

June 3, 2024
I have had the privilege of working alongside Mr. Thomas Roughneen as a fellow attorney, and I can confidently attest to his exceptional skill and dedication. Although I was not one of his clients, I observed his interactions with clients daily and worked with him on numerous matters involving Soldier discipline and the correction of military records. As a senior Trial Defense Counsel in the National Guard, his understanding of military law and legal defense strategies was impressive.

In both his military service and his private practice, Thomas has consistently demonstrated a commitment to his clients’ best interests. Money has never been his primary objective; he genuinely cares about Service Members and their rights. His professionalism, competence, and dedication make him stand out. If I were ever in trouble, there is no one else I would rather call and have represent me. Thomas Roughneen is truly a remarkable attorney who exemplifies the highest standards of legal practice and client care, “defending those who serve.”

Vergil D.

December 26, 2023
Citizen Soldier Law won my IDES case and got me medically retired. Firstly, I had called around to a few firms before deciding to work with Mr. Roughneen and his team at Citizen Soldier Law for my MEB Proceedings appeal. I could not find another that seemed to parallel the level of expertise, competency, and dedication that this firm offers. I appreciated how responsive and efficient yet compassionate staff are in their communications, as well as how they maintain an apparent sense of integrity and professionalism in all matters. Most importantly, I was impressed by the quality of work submitted to the MEB on my behalf throughout the IDES process. I was initially hesitant to use an out-of-state firm to represent my important legal issue with the Army; but, having now worked with them, I could not recommend them more highly.

Then, feeling confident in their abilities, I hired Citizen Soldier Law to also represent me for my PEB hearing. They did a phenomenal job prepping me, preparing sufficiently on their end, and then delivering a well-developed argument in my favor. I had a complex case that involved both my hip and back as service-connected injuries, neither of which are especially common conditions. Mr. Roughneen thoroughly familiarized himself with my medical conditions, sought an expert medical opinion to supplement our claims, and presented a composed yet compelling defense on my behalf during the hearing. His entire team works well together to advocate for you and fight for your case until the very end. I recommend his team, without reservation, for any Army-related dismissal or discharge cases you may have.

Monica S.

November 29, 2023
This firm exceeds professionalism, competence, diligence , and much more I am now an honorable discharged soldier after being shot and victim of a crime.


November 7, 2023
I want to give a big THANK YOU to Citizen Soldier Law for going above and beyond during my fight for my CRSC. At the beginning of my process I felt defeated trying to get recognized for my situation until I hired this incredible team. No doubt, without the dedication of Anthony and his team, I would still be fighting an uphill battle with the odds against me. Citizen Soldier Law made a stressful experience worth every penny.

Claudia P.

November 4, 2023
I retained Citizen Soldier Law May of this year. I have never been so grateful for what the team has done for my family and I. The MEB should be placed under the jail for what they attempted to do to me. Mr. Roughneen, staff, and competent medical associates stopped it. I never knew there was a Mike Tyson of lawyers until I searched up this firm. Heavy hitters that made a lot of people do what was fair and equitable. Because of them, I will have the care I need to continue life even as an injured veteran. I was even given transition advice by Mr. Roughneen displaying the humanity in him.

If you need justice and a legal team that will step up on your behalf, hire them. Mr. Roughneen made sure my command was held accountable for their negligent commanders' statements. As a model soldier, my commander could only write one sentence on my behalf. The team fixed that which triggered requirements to notify proper channels of the wrongful behavior committed. Being able to put this behind me is a great feeling. I suffered for 10 months while IDES personnel did everything within their power to ignore Citizen Soldier Law and medical expert analysis. The best investment you can make is in your future. Call Citizen Soldier Law to avoid making fatal mistakes.

November 4, 2023

I want to give a big THANK YOU to Citizen Soldier Law for going above and beyond during my husband's fight with the MEB. At the beginning of our MEB process we felt unheard and neglected until we hired this incredible team. Without the dedication of Tom and his team, we wouldn't be at ease. Citizen Law made a uneventful experience worth every penny and stress.

Alyzza A.

October 28, 2023

I want to express my deep gratitude for the invaluable support the team from Citizen Soldier Law provided during a challenging period when our son was going through Navy separation. Tom's knowledge and genuine care were evident throughout the process, ultimately leading to the best possible outcome. The armed forces operate differently from the business world, and having someone who understands the nuances of military procedures made all the difference. Tom and Citizen Law made a difficult time a little easier, and I can't thank them enough.

Emily L.

October 27, 2023

I spent 29 years in the NJ Army National Guard. I had deployed to Iraq in 2008 and when I came home started having problems with many day-to-day routines of living. Like a good soldier who was told to embrace the suck I put one foot in front of the other and attempted to soldier on. I was encouraged to get medical help as well as speak with an attorney concerning my rights. Being in the NJ Guard I heard of Tom. I knew of his reputation as a very thorough and intelligent lawyer. I called the office and spoke with a paralegal who had also served in the NJ Guard. He stayed on the phone with me for over an hour answering my questions and providing feedback on what I am entitled to as well as my options. I retained the firm and used them to help with getting VA benefits and medically retiring from the Army after 29 years of service.

Everyone I had contact with was always polite, and professional. I never felt like I was not important nor a bother. Tom called when he said he was going to call and just as I suspected he was good at providing the best advice and anticipating what was next. Tom also took the time to speak with me about my personal problems and provide guidance. I highly recommend Tom and his Law Firm as they are professional, courteous, and well educated. Thank you for all your help.


October 26, 2023

I want to express my deep gratitude for the invaluable support the team from Citizen Soldier Law provided during a challenging period when our son was going through Navy separation. Tom's knowledge and genuine care were evident throughout the process, ultimately leading to the best possible outcome. The armed forces operate differently from the business world, and having someone who understands the nuances of military procedures made all the difference. Tom and Citizen Law made a difficult time a little easier, and I can't thank them enough.


September 9, 2023

I retained Mr. Roughneen's team after 26 months without a LOD from an injury on active duty, 3 congressionals, and an IG investigation that had no resolution. I was ironically given an IDRM by the person who denied my LOD and sent to a MEB. However after more than a month of trying to contact OSC and getting no response, I received my disaster of a NARSUM, that completely ignored medical records and my IDRM.

I reached out to OSC with no response yet again. I updated my VSO and a nurse friend on the status of my NARSUM, they both recommended Mr. Roughneen, telling me not to wait the MEB will steam roll me.

Mr. Roughneen said from the beginning in his experience the MEB will never do the right thing, it comes down to the PEB, as my case moved further along I knew he was right. He began gearing my case for a fight at the PEB, while I elected an IMR. The IMR Doctor said the MEB needed to correct, the MEB denied to correct. We submitted my rebuttal, which the MEB again refused to correct their mistakes. Mr Roughneen was right, it was up to the PEB.

OSC reached out to me weeks after my last attempt, when I received my NARSUM, apologizing for missing my emails. Asking if there's anything they can assist with, I was annoyed and furious. Mr Roughneen said at any time I can end his services and go back to OSC, that was not an option for me. OSC rushed me off the phone the 2 times I spoke to them, ignored my request for assistance or questions.

Mr. Roughneen and his team are focused and care, getting me medical care when I needed it, following up and familiarizing their selves with my case. I wasn't just a number as I was with OSC 'There's 10,000 in a MEB and there's two attorneys at OSC, myself and another I don't have time to dedicate to your case.'

The Military has already failed you don't let them fail you the rest of your life, post service.

Robert G.

August 4, 2023

Working with the Citizen Soldier Law team was a great experience. These guys were very professional and knowledgeable throughout my medical review making sure everything went by seamlessly. They went the extra mile to have several phone calls explaining their background in the military, the entire legal process for my situation and made sure that they gathered every detail of my case before moving forward. Always responded to my emails immediately and answered my phone calls every time I reached out. The overall communication was excellent. I highly recommend working with this team for any legal matters that are military related.


July 25, 2023

Mr. Roughneen and team were outstanding. Total knowledge of various aspects involving my case and excellent execution of the timely manor necessary to submit documents effectively and with the ability to give a true sense of the underline issues that affect this case. Thank you Mr. Roughneen and God bless you and your team.


I am still drying my tears from Dr. Lillards synopsis. I been begging for help for years. Nobody cared, I am forever grateful for the help y'all are providing. I cannot place a price on what y'all are doing. I greatly value the work the team has done on my behalf. I will surely be referring business as I get opportunity to do so. Possibly the best thing I can do, is help you find people to continue to put food on your table. May your team remain blessed!

Staff Sergeant Fred

May 4, 2023

Thomas and Josh both took care of my unfortunate dilemma in the National Guard. They were extremely helpful and stayed in touch with me throughout the case. Their work was very detailed and extremely friendly. It is nice to know that they are either serving, or have served in the Armed Forces and can relate to a soldiers situation, as well as discern lots of military legal Jargon. I would highly recommend their services to anyone needing representation or just legal advice. Thanks so much guys!!


March 11, 2023

I tried to handle my case myself and finally chose this firm to represent me because of their knowledge of Military Disability Retirement matters with the DOD and their Military Backgrounds. The other firms that I reviewed did not seem to be staffed with prior military. In addition after speaking with them I was assured that they knew the law very well. I think for Veteran matters it is better to have a Veteran represent you because I think they will care more.


March 3, 2023

Citizen Soldier Law did a great job for me during my IDES PEB/MEB in persuading the Army the merits of my case and getting me a military retirement based on a diagnosis that was service connected. Now I need someone to get the VA to change their minds.


January 2023

I was facing a serious situation with over this past summer with my last unit with the national guard and I needed help fast..I researched who are the experts when it comes to handling these type of issues in the military and I ended up with citizen soldier law. Thomas has been the best! They worked relentlessly on my behalf to give me the outcome I was directly looking for. I am so grateful that these guys were able to help me out and have me overcome the potential disciplinary actions I was facing over the last couple months. I can’t say enough about these guys and the law firm. I recommend that if you are facing ANY type of issues with the military or civilian side go to these guys and they will help you. They are affordable and they will work on your behalf and will tell you how it is…they reassured me that everything was going to be okay when I was a mess and they were right all this time..definitely a God given gift that I am grateful for. Thank you again Thomas and Citizen Soldier Law Firm.

Joseph B.

January 2023

Thank you very much

I was referred to Thomas Roughneen & Associates for assistance in appealing a Line of Duty Determination. I worked closely with Mr. Steve Austin, a retired 1SG, and Mr. Thomas Roughneen, a retired JAG. Their experience with military matters, knowledge of Army regulations, and expertise in LODs were instrumental in developing the strongest appeal possible. Ultimately, I won my case. While no one can ever guarantee the outcome of your case, I would strongly recommend Citizen Soldier Law to give you the best possible chance of success.


November 2022

I have greatly appreciated the work of Tom while he helped me navigate my case. I immediately felt at ease as they reviewed the matter, gave me honest feedback and were understanding of the position I was in. I was quickly out at ease after contacting them. Often when dealing with the military, it can feel as though you’re all on your own. It was nice to know I had someone looking out for me and my interests. These matters can often be a long drawn out process, but they were always quick to respond to any questions I may have had. I would highly recommend their team and have referred them to a number of people. I am so glad I found them.

R.M. (Army Medical Professional / Dentist)

June 2022

I was falsely accused of weapons charges in New Jersey, while carrying under LEOSA (Extremely anti-gun state). Before speaking with CSL, the city reviewing information was preparing to issue charges. The same day I spoke with CSL, all charges dropped. My case is unique, but I highly recommend for Service Members, Law Enforcement, Retired, and all those seeking to maintain their rights under legal action. This firm is comprised of hard working people, ready and willing to help those in need.

J. J.

June 2022

I was glad to find a fellow veteran, and although he is an Army guy, I overlooked that, as a proud Amphibious Navy Sailor. That means that we land Marines, SEALS and Special Forces wherever they needed to go. Thomas and Joanne and the team of Air Force and Army paralegals helped me through a very trying experience in NJ courts. Hire them as their staff is professional and they know the judicial system.

S. M.

April 2022

I am an attorney and veteran who has worked with Attorney Roughneen, his associates, and his staff on numerous occasions. It is evident to me that he is a man of faith who works tirelessly and diligently to achieve justice for his clients. In particularly, I have seen him preserve vital retirement and disability benefits for veterans, service members, and government employees who are in legal difficulty. His heart, work ethic, and fighting spirit make him a natural and authentic advocate for our public servants in their times of need. I recommend him especially for uniformed services members of all branches facing adverse or punitive action and commend his firm for their compassionate professionalism.

Kurt Schmitt

April 2022

Thomas and I worked together to help a client who had gotten into trouble both out West and back East. I can tell you that his devotion to our client, a vet, was second to none as he worked to tirelessly help save him from what would surely have been a much more serious fate. I have worked with and observed many lawyers over the years; I know of none more willing to work for a favorable resolution for their client than Thomas and his firm.

Steven Shapiro

January 2022

Thank You Citizen Soldier!

Tom and his team were always present for our family. Our family was faced with many legal and emotional challenges and Tom was always at the other end of the phone with encouraging words and action plans. Citizen Soldier persisted even when we felt helpless and hopeless. He is a good man with a great team and we couldn't be more satisfied with the expertise we were provided.
Thank you for your service to our nation, our veteran community and to our family!

Chris Norrell

December 2021

Thomas Roughneen and Associates went above and beyond to help me achieve the most desirable outcome I could have hoped for in facing the UCMJ Separation process. Their experience and professionalism was truly demonstrated in helping me navigate the lengthy and uncomfortable Process of Military separation. As a resident of Minnesota, it is truly amazing that I can say that Thomas Roughneen and Associates made such a significant impact on my life without any face to face correspondence. I highly recommend that any one in the military facing potential administrative or UCMJ action enlists the help of Thomas Roughneen and Associates.

Christopher Kegley

November 2021

Thomas and his team really helped give me peace of mind while dealing with a legal issue and then ultimately a medical board in the Air Force. They responded the same day, and worked around my hours overseas. They were knowledgable about every step in the process and helped me with the evidence and letters I had to submit. I felt the outcome was as good as it could have been and would recommend them to anyone.

Shawn Sullivan

November 2021

Citizen Soldier Law is an exceptional law firm. They have helped numerous friends and me to a better outcome! They have an exceptional staff and a large network of consultants. They make the difference!


October 2021

By far, one of the most intelligent, compassionate, and understanding attorneys that I know. I enjoyed my time with Mr. Roughneen and would highly, highly recommend him to anyone in need, even if it's just someone to talk to.

Michael McCullough

October 2021

The office represented me during an injury as a USPHS officer. They understood the policies and gave good recommendations.


September 2021

These guys represented me like I was apart of the family!! I wish I can give a higher rating than 5 stars. I have already recommended them to about 4 other veterans and they will always be the first to come to mind if I need lawyer representation.

Mr. Boyd

August 2021

Very professional and responsive. They took care of my CRSC re-consideration and within a few days of submitting, it was approved! I would definitely recommend Citizen Soldier Law.


July 2021

I am intimately familiar with the quality of work that Thomas Roughneen and his associates provide at Citizen Soldier Law. Citizen Soldier provides a highly technical and underserved area of law in military-disability claims, VA-related claims, and post-service corrections and upgrades to characterizations of service. In addition, he is an excellent defense counsel whom I have seen successfully defend a number of active and reserve military members and veterans. In a nutshell, if a military or criminal related issue is causing an injustice to a Service Member or Veteran, Thomas Roughneen is THE go-to Attorney. Thomas' 30 years of military service and his extraordinary legal capabilities set him head and shoulders above all others in this field. Please look no further!

William Bailey

July 2021

Thomas Roughneen & Associates changed my life! The army decided they were going to med board me. Their first offer was a check and a pat on the back. If it wasn`t for Roughneen & Associates I wouldn't have the life I have today now I am at 90% and its all because they fought for me. Don't let the moldboard Personnel beat or scare you into signing anything without Mr Roughneen advice because its their job to cheat you.

john jerry

June 2021

Quickly responded and became familiar with my situation. Very honest firm.

Patrick Cassidy

June 2021

Although SSG Horin credits me, the entire NJ Army National Guard JAG TDS team deserves great credit for this really special and blessed outcome. They know who they are. We cannot take full credit for the outcome but it was a privilege for those in our law firm to serve SSG Horin and his family as best we could. Without the reality that SSG Horin is a great American and righted his path, nothing positive could have happened.

When I met then-(Lieutenant) Colonel Thomas Roughneen, my life was in shambles( I mean a literal HELL, Family, friends, career, financial, legal) do to PTSD, substance abuse and many other various issues caused by my service related issues. The military was trying to cut ties with me after 18 plus years, two tours in Iraq, and service at Ground Zero 9-11-2001. Not only were they trying to discharge me dishonorably but they were bringing charges as well. Tom Roughneen fought with me every step of the way, saved my pension, saved my benefits and 100% service connection, he quite frankly saved my life and directly was responsible for the overall positive outcome I have today in regards to everyday life. After Tom made it so I could medically retire with my pension and benefits maximized he began to sort out my legal issues both in criminal court and family court. This man and his team are family in my eyes and I owe my quality of life and my familys life to him. Tom, your my guardian angel and mentor. None of this would of been possible without you and your tireless work ethic and unwavering moral compass. If you need help and want someone that can will have your best interests at heart call Thomas Roughneen. God bless you and your family.

Nicholas Horin Staff Sergeant (Retired) US Army

April 2021

The “Deborah Nixon Special Needs Trust Inclusion Act,” introduced by U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill, D-NJ-11, on 19 March 2021, would not entirely be possible, without the legal guidance and representation from Thomas Roughneen, Esq. This Act would allow veteran participants in the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) to take full advantage of the “Special Needs Trust” (SNT) (since retired uniformed service members are unable to change their beneficiaries to incorporate the trusts) under the current law, (when “child only or spouse and child”) was not selected at retirement.

The law changed in 2014, to allow the SNT to be named as the beneficiary on the SBP. Prior to the law changing, the child or adult child’s name was on the SBP as beneficiary, which placed them in jeopardy of losing other pertinent benefits.

I initially attempted to address the matter of adding my dependent adult child’s SNT as beneficiary to my SBP, but my request was denied, (although I was informed, he could be added to my SBP, and deductions were made). Essentially, I was unable to designate my adult child’s SNT, (to ensure that he receives my earned benefits upon my husband’s demise). It would be disingenuous of me to suggest that I was not concerned about the denials from both the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG), my retired payor, as I realized their “no” to me, would imply “not now,” so I moved in another direction.

Thus, after the denials, I decided to pursue legal assistance, and was referred to Thomas Roughneen, Esq., by another Attorney, (who stated he would be the best Attorney for my case), and undoubtedly, he was absolutely correct.

Mr. Roughneen's military and Veteran background identified that when “Congress allowed SBP enrollees to designate a Special Needs Trust as their beneficiary in 2014,” that an open enrollment should be granted to add the applicable Veteran’s child or in my case, adult child to the SBP, and the SNT would be the beneficiary. Because the change in the law would impact more than my dependent, another Veteran recommended escalating my concerns to Congresswoman Sherrill. With the help of Congresswoman Sherill and specifically her staff member Willy Tolba, and Thomas Roughneen, Esq., I am at this juncture, (awaiting Congressional approval).

I cannot thank Thomas Roughneen, Esq. enough, for his professionalism and legal insight, (as this long overdue legislation) could not have been introduced by Congresswoman Sherrill, (who is also a Veteran and true advocate for Veterans) without his legal representation. If you want a passionate, knowledgeable, and overall outstanding Attorney and person, look no further, as Thomas Roughneen, Esq. is the one. He is truly a lawyer to emulate.

CAPT Deborah B. Nixon, USPHS, Retired
(Former Nurse Category Officer)

November 2, 2020

Thomas Roughneen and Associates are top notch! I came to Thomas facing a really tough battle with my third DWI charge. I was distraught but it was comforting to know a fellow combat veteran had my back with powerful resources. Right from the start he provided me with excellent advice and guidance and helped me get back on track. Thomas and his staff are very kind, courteous and professional as well as personable and I appreciate all the hard work and dedication Thomas and his staff put into my case. They stayed in close contact with my wife and I throughout the whole ordeal and explained what was going on every step of the way which was reassuring. It was evident to me that he really took my case personal and went the extra mile to make sure I got the best possible outcome. My wife and I both are very grateful for Thomas and his staff. They helped to keep me out of jail and home with my family. I could not have picked a better attorney to represent me. I truly feel fortunate and blessed to have found such a great attorney that is so dedicated to helping veterans. I would certainly recommend Thomas Roughneen and Associates to anyone who is in need of legal assistance.


July 2020

Thomas Roughneen and Associates is one of the most capable and professional groups I have ever had the privilege of working with! I called the firm in 2019 with an administrative problem that had lasted for almost a year. It was an impossible task. I say this because, even though I had the regulations on my side, my chain of command was not. Anthony Sciaraffa was my assigned attorney.

The whole firm was engaged with assisting me. They thoroughly researched the topic before taking action, which made things move timely and efficiently. There was an emphasis on cost effectiveness when determining a course of action so I didn’t incur any unnecessary retainers. Anthony did an excellent job developing a strategy with back-up options. His strategy included pressure from multiple fronts, while maintaining composure in the event of any obstacles. Anthony’s candor was positive and supportive throughout the entire affair.

If you’re in the military and require assistance for an administrative nightmare, your search is over! This firm is the last stop on your road to resolution. As you sit and watch your anxiety melt away, rest assured, Thomas Roughneen and Associates has you covered.


February 2020

I worked at a federal agency (USPHS) for several years, when suddenly I started having problems with a manager who came into the agency with me at the same time and always liked to ask personal questions of his employees/friends, once prior to and also when he became a Manager.

Suddenly, whereas I felt personal information in the office was inappropriate, I realized this manager did not feel the same, as long as he had the power in the relationship and could ask and obtain answers to his questions.

The legal team I hired understood how I now deserved a better yearly evaluation. Thank goodness I also had a legitimate medical condition, which he could not contest, although he did give me poor scores, and upper management did not interfere. I was able to legitimately leave with a high rating for medical disability and never looked back at what it was at the time which was harassment.


January 2020

I reached out to Thomas Roughneen & Associates for help after making a mistake that could have effected me for life. Everyone was extremely helpful in all aspects of my case and were constantly in touch with me. Even after we went to court they kept in touch to make sure all of the proceeding events went smoothly. I would not have known what to do if they were not there to help me.


January 2020

I reached out to Thomas Roughneen & Associates for help after making a mistake that could have affected me for life. Everyone was extremely helpful in all aspects of my case and were constantly in touch with me. Even after we went to court they kept in touch to make sure all of the proceeding events went smoothly. I would not have known what to do if they were not there to help me.


July 30, 2019

I came to Thomas Roughneen and associates after I received some pitfalls concerning my Medical Evaluation Board/Disability Evaluation System case with the Air force and the NY Air National Guard. I served the NYANG for over 16 years and also an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. As the years progressed after my deployment in support of OIF, it became evident that my body and mind was becoming more and more broken due to my exposures from the toxins from the KBR and third party operated Burn pits, the multiple explosions I have been exposed to. My command initiated an MEB case- due to the bullying nature of the IPEB, and my extreme lack of knowledge in this matter, as stated before, it did not initially go in my favor and I was down on my luck.

After consulting with Mr. Thomas Roughneen, he looked over all my documents and listened to my story, he then concluded that based on his past experience being a certifying official with the Army PEB, not only did I have a valid case, but I also may have some underlying issues that were also service-connected, those underlying issues ended up having a major impact on my case, positively affecting the results and my rating.

Due to the Result Oriented nature of Citizen Soldier Law and Thomas Roughneen Esq., I was awarded an active duty Permanent Disability DoD Rating of 50% at the grade of TSgt due to combat zone related events, and a combined VA Rating of 70%, way more than I had hoped for, and even after the IPEB’s initial rating review, Mr. Roughneen insisted on fighting further on my behalf.

I must officially thank Mr. Thomas Roughneen and his entire staff, all of his professional associates and his tremendous network of contacts that he used strategically in support of my case to the US Air Force and the Air National Guard; without their passion and drive, these results would not be possible.

After my dealings with Mr. Roughneen and his associates at Citizen Soldier Law, I can truly encourage any Uniformed personnel within all the branches of our armed forces, you can trust in the knowledge and the passion of this Firm, they will advocate, and fight in your behalf.


RR, Technical Sergeant (Retired)

July 19, 2019

I’d like to express my deeply felt gratitude and respect for Thomas Roughneen and Associates LLC. From the very first time I met Thomas, I felt a great sense of relief and release from the legal mess I’d gotten myself into. I was impressed by the deep appreciation Thomas has for veterans. He explained to me the legal steps he would be taking to resolve my legal problems in very clear, concise terms that I could understand. I cannot overstate the gratitude I have for Thomas, and all the respect and understanding they showed me during this experience. With respect and gratitude,


July 15, 2019

In early 2019, my family, unfortunately, experienced a tragic loss of a loved one due to a negligent accident. I consulted with Tom regarding some legal options. Not only did he provide professional, sound legal guidance, more importantly, Tom immediately provided personal ongoing support to me and my family. Which he still does to this day. He is extremely caring, compassionate and empathetic. If you want realistic legal advice, with a personal touch from a lawyer that truly cares, Tom is your guy.


August 22, 2018

Thomas expertly assisted me through the Navy Formal Physical Evaluation Board (FPEB) process as a U.S. Marine. I am very financially strained, so I also utilized a government-assigned attorney. However, I believe it's always important to get a second opinion--especially for such a life-changing process.

Thomas gave me EXCELLENT advice, while not wasting my time or racking-up unnecessary billable hours. Further, he was able to connect me with a veteran physician familiar with the FPEB process who made all the difference throughout. I have no one to thank but Thomas for having such an ally on my team amid such an important battle.

In the end, Thomas enabled me to achieve a successful result (medical retirement) that will help me provide for myself and my family.

Thomas is a patriot of the highest order, and his service to this nation and its veterans continues to have a profound impact.

Very respectfully submitted,

Marine Major P.C., U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

(Editors note: Army Sergeant First Class initially reduced to Staff Sergeant and notified for AGR administrative separation. Board retained finding no misconduct due to mental health reasons and rank with back pay restored)

August 26, 2018
I was ready to give up when a good friend of mine told me how much Tom had helped him in the past. My friend told me up front that Tom wasn’t cheap but insisted I MUST contact him. I reluctantly agreed to do so and I can’t imagine how things would have gone had I not.

Tom took care of me and my family as if we had known him for years. He knew just what to do and say to let me know that all hope wasn’t lost and if we work hard we’ll get the positive results I deserved. He would call almost daily even if there wasn’t anything new to report just to ensure my family and I were doing ok. He would offer advice and words of wisdom to help us get through tough times. Looking back now, all of that helped immensely and it may have saved my career and my marriage.

My friend described Tom as a “shark” when it comes to legal matters. While I feel that term may be a bit harsh, I know now what he was referring to. I was extremely impressed with his knowledge and his level of preparedness. He was not afraid to speak his mind to people at any level if they were wrong or unaware of relevant laws and regulations.

Hard to say how things would have turned out had I tried to handle things without Tom. I can say, without a doubt, that I’m sure I received the best possible outcome with his help and guidance.

1 Dec 2018

(Editor’s note: update after writing first testimonial). Sorry it took so long to get this put into a word doc. My status hasn't changed much. I'm still waiting for the TAG to make his decision to lift the flag so I can get E7 back (hopefully). I am leaving the AGR program and retiring as an M-day. Thanks to you, I will get my retirement and although it’s a consolation prize, I'm ready to get on with something new. Too many otherwise good officers are too worried about their own careers that they're willing to let a good Soldier and valuable asset leave their organization.

10 January 2019

Final update upon voluntary decision to retire with rank and back pay restored.

SFC Retired M.B.

August 2018

I would like to thank Tom and Debbie's time and attention to my matter. Effects from combat-related stress and injury caught up to me and when I needed someone to represent me/when I needed someone the most they came to the table full force and gave everything they had.

Debbie's attention to detail was outstanding and much appreciated. It is no doubt much of the reason for the positive results granted and benefits received for my family!

We are very grateful for the efforts of everyone at Citizen Soldier Law and Thank you again.

Jason M.

September 11, 2017

One day a lawyer called me out of blue and identified himself and that he had information that the Army wanted to separate me and whether I wanted legal representation. My unit did not call to help where I had been a drilling member who deployed 4 times. But this lawyer went out of his way to find me through one of my friends. I said, “yeah, I could use a lawyer.” He didn't have to find me but he did and then explained that the NJ Guard had started the process to administratively discharge me for unsatisfactory service, or Absent Without Leave (AWOL) and that he would be serving me as a Trial Defense Services Army National Guard Judge Advocate. I had received certified letters about not showing to drill. I had serious, combat-related, health issues and told my command that was the reason I had stopped going to drill

I had gone and spoke to the Commander who suggested getting me help but nothing came of it. The 1SG seemed to want to pursue the AWOL letter.

Thomas Roughneen represented me along with another lawyer on his legal team and put me in touch with a Social worker. He directed me that I needed a PHA and to which personnel I needed to see about medical issues. This guy cares.

I would have lost 20 years of service towards retirement, my family's Tricare benefits and 12 years active. I do not know if anyone else would have even contacted me and the board likely would have proceeded without me.

If you want to know more about why to hire him, contact Thomas for SFC C.T.'s email address and I will share more.

MR Roughneen helped me when no one else would. I received retirement thanks to him. The army was going to give me a 10% disability which means a severance check after 3 deployments for 12 years and 10 months in service to my country. My body gave out everyone in my unit and the dod civilians didn't care. They all said it's just your time to go sign here report there and go away. No one was willing to help me at all. That's when I knew I needed help so I contacted 6 different law firms with a general request and some info on what I was going through. 2 emailed me back with what seemed like an auto-reply but. Mr. Roughneen emailed and called me we talked for what seemed like weeks. He gave me great advice and helped me through many difficult situations. When it came a time I retained him for a fee and now I have 60% and retirement if it wasn't for Mr. Roughneen I would have nothing to show for the years I gave my country so I want to say thank you Mr. Roughneen keep up the good fight for all of us vets out there!


John, J. U.S. Army, Sgt, Ret.

September 15, 2016
MR Roughneen,

Its great to hear from you again it makes me feel better knowing that people still care about other people out there its going well a lot of stress is gone and all that is left is to get started on collage and to continue therapy I am actually happy and ready to move on with my life I know for a fact if I would have stuck it out with you I would be better off but I just folded under the pressure and did not want to deal with the local people who are 'suppose to help me' any more what I am trying to say here is thank you for every thing and I wish you long and happy life with your family

P.S. is there some where on your site that I could post or give you like 20 stars or something I would really love to tell everyone how much you helped me


Greetings Sir.

Dear Mr. Roughner,

Thank you very much for all you have done for me since the first time we met at MMU, two years ago. I only have good things to tell anyone about all your effort and dedication, you made this possible, all the way, even walking an extra mile and listening to my sorrows when that was absolutely not your responsibility or obligation more than a JAG or a counselor you become a friend, a truly one. It has been a long journey and regardless of the outcome, I am really grateful for having met you and had you by my side as a Judicial Adviser and a friend. Thank you for believing and helping me along this way, during all this difficult time.

My whole life was suddenly turned 180 degrees around, everything I had was lost in a short period of time. Such losses above and beyond my health issues included; the personal traumas of the tragic loss of family members, I lost three brothers in less than 4 years, legal issues and expenses with my ex-wife trying and succeeding in keeping my now 8-year-old son.

My health issues resulted in the loss of the job I loved and worked so hard to obtain as a Federal Technician within the DoD. I was sent home after my Health issues, deemed I was unfit for work. I was excluded from my Unit's deployment list to Kosovo.

I lost my car, my home, my health, my friends and my financial stability and since that incident this all trigged a chain reaction of events, that was life-changing and altering events, pushing me to a place where no good man should ever be. Yet from that place I could contemplate who was the ones standing by my side and supporting me, and among those was you Sir, helping me not only to pursue my rights, but reminding me to never give up, even when my anxiety levels reached places where I doubted my own mental health, in your words of wisdom and motivation your strong caring presence kept me strong and pushing ever forward.

My life indeed will never be the same due to the limitations of my current health issues. And with this in mind and choosing to move forward in my life, and in so accepting this fact, as I found that I could no longer afford to continue living in New Jersey, due to the costs of living, medical bills, and as a National Guard member I did not and do not have access to the VA Hospital, or any Medical Examinations, Medications, Testing or other such specialized Care or other Updates for my health, I have had to have it all be an out of pocket expenses, or through my personal health insurance, Thank God I have it from my Old Job with the DoD as a Federal Technician. Which still cost me over $300,00 per Month plus co-payments as applicable. Tricare does not accept me as I have the DoD insurance, and I am not considered as a wounded in Line Of Duty by the VA, even if the NJARNG

Have an awesome Day Sir, and Blessed be with the blessings of love, friendship, balance, health.

Thank you for ALL you have done for me, and feel free to tell anyone who you decide to do so, how hard was on my own personal path since we started this journey, and why one should never Give Up, you have my full permission to use me as an example. Blessed be You with the blessings of Wisdom, Knowledge and great achievements. Thank you again.



In 2004, I J.P., was facing charges of negligent homicide and dereliction of duty for failure to clear my 50 caliber weapon. The weapon was inside the cradle when a young sergeant first class, decided to tell my crew to download weapons will I was busy monitoring the radios. As I came up to clear them my Soldier was throwing them into the tank following the order of this young sergeant first class. The weapon wasn’t cleared and it hit the inside of the tank going off and killing a young and brilliant Soldier. I was given a lawyer that requested that I make a plea deal. After weeks of having this lawyer and telling him what happened downrange, I ask him to tell me about my case. He didn’t have a clue and I was supposed to appear in court in like a week or two. I happen to talk to this young and brilliant major name Roughneen. I told him about my case and he immediately began asking me questions that showed he was interested in helping me win this case. But he was only in Germany during the summer for a few weeks. When my trial date came later in October, I emailed him that I could only see myself in a striped prison uniform. I was able to request for him to be my lawyer. As soon as he showed up we worked on my case literally all night. He was hanging pieces of paper on the wall making sure he got every piece of detail. He requested to find a tank and we replayed the incident down to the exact detail on the tank. He has done more in one week to prepare for this case then my appointed lawyer did in the whole time he was with me. I knew that this Major was not just here to get a paycheck, that he was here cause he cared about me as a Soldier and really wanted to find out what happened. That is all I wanted was a chance to prove myself innocent. He gave me that chance; I was facing getting kicked out and 3 years or more and only ended up doing 5 months in jail and losing my rank. Because of him I also got to stay in the military getting paid on active duty while serving my time and I was discharged with a disability pension. Major Roughneen is a Soldier’s Soldier. He gave me his all plus 100 percent of his time and I am thankful for a lawyer like him. He actually cares about the Soldier and not just the money or just going along with the decision of higher-ranking officers. For all the Soldiers out there that need a strong-minded and smart lawyer attorney Roughneen is your man. For Soldiers out there with disabilities that are being unfairly treated and are in need of a great lawyer that will have your back and make sure that you are taken care of, attorney Roughneen is the best man for the job.


My name is K.M., and when I first met with Thomas Roughneen I was overwhelmed, emotional and scared because of the situation that I was in. Thomas was the only lawyer who immediately calmed my nerves and put my challenge into perspective. He was like a psychologist, helping me to think through my options and it gave me the confidence that my life in time would go back to normal as long as I followed a few simple steps. I left his office feeling confident that he had the intelligence, connections, and experience to help me. That feeling was invaluable, as it helped me take the necessary steps to start the healing process. I swear that God led me to him because he was an excellent combination of attorney, counselor, advocate, and friend, something that is often much needed when you feel that your world is falling apart.

His defense and case investigation was superior! I was very comfortable with the laymen language he used to keep me informed. Every step of the way he provided me with my options and case progress and took endless hours to make sure I completely understood everything and most of all that I was ok.

My positive experience with Thomas gives excellent reason to recommend him to anyone seeking assistance with any legal matter. He is beyond superior and I tell him every chance I get, “Tom saved my life in many ways.”


February 2015
A.B., Army Sergeant's wife (two deployments):

'Hi Tom! Wanted to share this email with you. It’s almost a done deal.I also wanted to let you know that Ron has decided there is to be no “official” retirement party; however, he has agreed to get some people together on Sat Mar 7th following drill. I (of course) am inviting a few people including immediate family and close friends to also be there and I wanted to extend that invitation to you. I know it’s kind of last minute and PA is pretty far for you to travel but I told you’d I’d let you know about a party.

Thanks so much for all your help through this process. Just knowing we had you in our corner keep me sane many times.

Talk with you soon!
A.B., Army Sergeant's wife

January 2015
FROM M.J. (Father of an injured Veteran with two deployments)

'Therefore we have you leading the legal battle, 2 staunch advocates at the Wilmington VA and three excellent folks at Fort Campbell helping things along. Definite progress. Sounds like a great team to me. Once again, thanks for all you do. You may not realize it, but I think this sad affair would have been quite hopeless without your efforts.'


Things went extremely well yesterday in Wilmington. CSM (Command Sergeant Major) ----- and her civilian superior couldn't be nicer enough to us. Spent more than two hours with us.
... . My son will be transferred from the Philadelphia VA to the Wilmington VA, a much smaller and extremely more user friendly facility.
Also, he would rather participate in the lesser program with -----, because my son just can't bring himself to go on active duty- and the CSM is fine with that decision.
The trip pretty much took the entire day... . I felt like we really accomplished something positive for a change.
My son also has an new advocate at Fort Campbell as well ... .


December 2014

A.S., Navy Officer after prevailing in a settlement of USERRA (re-employment) litigation:

Also, I am sending you very good bottle of Scotch a a thank you (750ml of Johnny Walker Blue you'll be the envy of every Col in the Army) . I am BSing UPS so I can ship it. I had no idea it was such a PITA to send a bootle of alcohol as a gift. If you do not get it by the end of the week let me know.

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