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The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, located at Building 2300 on the second floor, provides legal assistance to active-duty, reserve component on orders or pending deployment, retired military members and their military identification card-eligible dependents. This assistance includes wills, powers of attorney, and other personal civil legal matters such as landlord/tenant, domestic, and consumer affairs issues. Additionally, we provide legal counsel to commanders on all matters affecting the installation and the mission, including such wide-ranging areas as military justice, administrative actions, ethics, operations law, environmental law, claims, contracts, civil law and labor law.
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The legal office is located on the 2nd floor of the 355th Fighter Wing building.  

Legal Assistance

Powers of Attorney and Notary service is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed. Priority is given to military members in uniform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Legal Assistance is available by appointment Tuesday through Thursday. Due to mission requirements, retirees and their dependents will be seen on a "space-available" basis for legal assistance.

Active duty members and their dependants may also attend walk-in legal assistance on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Active duty members and/or their dependants who sign in during this time period will be seen by an attorney for legal assistance on a first come, first serve basis.

If you need a power of attorney or a will, please complete a legal worksheet before coming to the legal office. Go to https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil. On this page, select "Legal Worksheets." Select the appropriate document and complete it on-line. You will be given a ticket number.

When you make your will appointment, please give us your ticket number. We will begin working on your will before your appointment.

For powers of attorney, bring your ticket number with you to the legal office. With that number, we can pull up your documents right away. Clients with ticket numbers go to the front of the line for powers of attorney.

Legal assistance is available on a priority basis to deploying members. For after-hours assistance, please have your commander or first sergeant contact the on-call JAG through the command post.

For additional information on a wide variety of legal assistance topics, visit https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/lass/lass.html.
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Claims Assistance

Claims for damage to household goods resulting from DPS shipments are processed using the DoD website www.move.mil. Notice of loss or damage reports for DPS claims must be filed using this website. If you are unhappy with the carrier's settlement offer or your DPS claim is denied by the carrier, please contact the Air Force Claims Service Center (AFCSC) at 1-877-754-1212. The AFCSC is located in Kettering, OH and open 0700-1700 EST. Personnel who were not moved using the DPS system can file using the AFCSC website https://claims.jag.af.mil. Claims for damages to POVs that occur during shipment can also be filed on the AFCSC website.

The base legal office is available to assist claimants with general claims information and questions daily between 0900 and 1600. Please call 228-5242 for assistance.

Military Justice

The Military Justice Division of the Legal Office reviews evidence and provides advice to commanders and first sergeants on appropriate disciplinary and administrative actions ranging from letters of counseling/admonishment/reprimand, Article 15s, and UCMJ actions, to administrative discharges and courts-martial.

Air Force courts-martial are open to the public. The docket of up-coming courts-martial is found at www.afjag.af.mil/docket/index.asp.

You can review Air Force sexual assault reports of conviction on-line. See the On-Line Sexual Assault Reports of Conviction page at www.afjag.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130917-061.pdf
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The Davis-Monthan AFB Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Office is gearing up for the next tax season.  DMAFB VITA volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS to prepare a variety of returns for our military community.  This is a free service for any Active Duty, dependents (with military ID), National Guard, Reserve, Public Health, and Military Retiree with access to the base.  The appointment line will open 12 January 2015 for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Public Health personnel to schedule an appointment.  Appointments will start when the W-2s are available on MyPay, approximately January 26, 2015.  Appointments for all others will be scheduled starting on February 2, 2015.

Key paperwork to bring to your appointment is:
 
· Military ID for Taxpayer and Spouse (not required for dependents unless we are doing a return for them)
· Social Security Number (SSN) Cards for everyone who is listed on the return -- MANDATORY PER THE IRS
~ Preparers are required by the IRS to verify SSN Cards for each person listed on a return each year even if we have prepared your return previously.  You will have to reschedule your appointment  if you do not have SSN's for everyone on the return.  If you have a dependent who is away at school and they have their card with them bring a photo copy of their card to the appointment -- this is the only exception to this policy.
~ IRS approved alternatives for the SSN Card are:  Medicare Card Part A or Social Security Benefits Statement with your SSN on it. NOTE:  The Social Security Agency (SSA) is no longer issuing letters with your name and SSN on it while waiting on a new card so now is the time to contact the SSA if you cannot find your card.  You can get a new card at the Social Security Office located at 3808 N 1st Ave, just north of Prince Rd, contact phone number is 1-800-772-1213.
· Last year's Tax Return
· All Tax Forms (W-2s, 1099's, 1098's, etc)
· Account Information for Direct Deposit (Institution, Account #, and Routing #)

Want to Help?

The VITA Office still needs help with the reception desk for next year.  Duties include:

· Answer phones and set up appointments
· Welcome taxpayers to the VITA office and ensure clients qualify for VITA assistance
· Verify identification and have clients sign in for their appointments
· Provide taxpayers with intake form and assist with completion if necessary

If interested, please call the base legal office at 228-5242 and they will forward your contact information to the VITA Site Coordinator for them to contact you with details.

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355 FW/JA (ACC)
3405 E. 5th St.
Bldg 2300
Davis-Monthan AFB
AZ 85707-3845
DSN: 228-5242
COMM: (520) 228-5242

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