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Cardona v. Shinseki - Retired Military Officers

Cardona v. Shinseki - Retired Military Officers

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IN THEUNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR VETERANS CLAIMS
No. 11-3083CARMEN J. CARDONA,
 Appellant 
,
v.
ERIC K. SHINSEKI, SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS,
 Appellee.
UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE BRIEF FOR
 AMICI CURIAE 
RETIRED MILITARY OFFICERS SUPPORTING APPELLANTA
LAN
E.
 
S
CHOENFELD
 W
ILMER
C
UTLER
P
ICKERING
H
ALE AND
D
ORR LLP
 399 Park AvenueNew York, NY 10022(212) 230-8800
 
P
AUL
R.Q.
 
W
OLFSON
 
Counsel of Record 
 W
ILMER
C
UTLER
P
ICKERING
H
ALE AND
D
ORR LLP
 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20006-3642(202) 663-6000M
ARGARET
E.
 
O’G
RADY
 W
ILMER
C
UTLER
P
ICKERING
H
ALE AND
D
ORR LLP
 60 State StreetBoston, MA 02109(617) 526-6000
 
April 26, 2012
ACTIVEUS 93421561v10
 
 
Pursuant to Rule 29(b) of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims,
amici
respectfully move for leave to file the attached brief 
amicus curiae
in support of appellant Carmen Cardona. All parties have consented to the filing of this brief.
 Amici
are former officers and leaders of the United States military. They have aninterest in this case because its outcome will have a substantial impact on the men andwomen serving in the armed forces and, in turn, on our nation’s military capability andeffectiveness. The judgment of 
amici
is based on decades of experience in leadershippositions in the military.The arguments put forth in the attached brief are relevant to the disposition of thiscase because, as described, the denial of benefits to the same-sex spouses of the men andwomen serving in the armed forces undermines the professionalism and effectiveness of the United States military. As
amici
explain, the Court’s decision in this case willsignificantly affect military recruitment, retention, and readiness. The experience, judgment, findings, and perspective of former officers and civilian leaders of the UnitedStates military are relevant to understanding these effects. Accordingly,
amici
respectfully request that the Court grant this motion for leave to file the attached brief.
 
 
Respectfully submitted, /s/ Paul R.Q. WolfsonP
AUL
R.Q.
 
W
OLFSON
 W
ILMER
C
UTLER
P
ICKERING
H
ALE AND
D
ORR
LLP1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20006(202) 663-6000Paul.Wolfson@wilmerhale.comA
LAN
E.
 
S
CHOENFELD
 W
ILMER
C
UTLER
P
ICKERING
H
ALE AND
D
ORR LLP
 399 Park AvenueNew York, NY 10022(212) 230-8800Alan.Schoenfeld@wilmerhale.comM
ARGARET
E.
 
O’G
RADY
 W
ILMER
C
UTLER
P
ICKERING
H
ALE AND
D
ORR
LLP60 State StreetBoston, MA 02109(617) 526-6000Margaret.O’Grady@wilmerhale.com
Counsel for Amici Curiae

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