Wisconsin National Guard whistleblower wins appeal of medical discharge, can return to duty

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Published on December 6, 2019 -

Wisconsin National Guard whistleblower wins appeal of medical discharge, can return to duty

The Wisconsin national guardsman who said he was medically discharged for bringing forward decades of sexual misconduct allegations in his unit learned Thursday he can continue serving his country.


Wisconsin National Guard whistleblower wins appeal of medical discharge, can return to duty

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Thanks for joining us tonight... the wisconsin national guardsman who says he was medically discharged for bringing forward decades of sexual misconduct allegations in his unit learned today he can continue serving his country.

Amy reid sat down with him today and joins us now with what he hopes happens next.

Master sergant jay ellis was very excited to get this call today.

And it came as a bit of a surprise.

This comes the same day governor tony evers announced he has the results from the investigation into how the wisconsin guard handles these claims. and as we continue to learn what's uncovered in this investigation, that's where ellis isn't surprised.

36:01 yeah i had people contact me from oregon, from florida :06 since master sergant jay ellis told legislators what he saw in his time at the guard, the notes from all around the country came in.

37:32 for it to become this big thing and all these other people coming out of hte woodwork, i did not expect that :46 but what it shows you is just how bad it actually is :48 last year, he detailed two decades worth of sexual misconduct he'd heard about in units stationed at truax field.

As that got attention, so did he.

Enough that this year, he was told he'd be medically discharged.

He didn't think it was right, so he fought it.

His lawyer wasn't sure he had a chance.

38:21 the percentage of return to duty is 3 percent, :26 he said 97 out of 100 people who go through this process wanting to be returned to duty do not get returned to duty.

38:33 today he learned he was one of those three percent.

Of course, he is excited to continue serving, but still.

46:14 i don't want it to be focused on me.

It's not about me it's abotu that, it's about those people thtose women who have had those issues, and it's about all the people that have now contacted me from across the country across different branches of the military who are saying, this happened to me too :32 today he hopes this will remind people.

The governor sending a letter to top state legislators, letting them know an investigation into the wisconsin national guard's handling of cases such as these is done.

After the governor heard the report based off 78 interviews and a review of more than 1100 documents, he plans to brief the top leader in the guard saturday.

Ellis hopes this is where change happens.

51:12 now's the time to do the right thing, right.

Now's the time.

Here it is.

Here's your opportunity to do the right thing and right this ship.

:20 according to one of those interviews obtained by the cap times, a federal investigator called the handling of one case an "absolute trainwreck."

We should learn more next week about how that fits into the whole picture.

But this is just one investigation down.

There is another investigation into the claims ellis made last year, and an investigation into how the guard handled him coming forward.

Amy reid

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