Litigation & Claims

Litigation & Claims Office Mission


The mission of the Litigation and Claims Office is to investigate, adjudicate and resolve claims filed both on behalf of the United States and against the United States. These include personnel claims, Article 139 claims, tort claims, and affirmative claims.

Location and Hours


The Litigation & Claims Office is located in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Building 275, Room 211. For claims questions, please call 242-6396.


Personnel Claims (Household Goods Claims)

The Personnel Claims Section receives, adjudicates, and resolves claims filed by active duty service members and Department of Defense civilians under the Personnel Claims Act for losses incurred incident to service. This includes household goods claims, POV shipping claims, losses incident to service, and claims against service members under Article 139, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). You can reach the Personnel Claims Section at (831) 242-6396.


Article 139 Claims


Tort Claims

The Tort Claims Section receives, investigates, and resolves claims filed against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act (28 U.S.C. Sections 2671-2680) and other waivers of sovereign immunity. This includes claims by non-service members for medical malpractice, slip and falls, traffic accidents, and other personal injury and property damage where the government is negligent.


Affirmative Claims

The Affirmative Claims Section asserts medical care recovery claims and property damage claims. For example, if a service member or family member is injured in a motor vehicle accident and the government provides or pays for the medical care, the Claims Office will make a demand for the cost of the medical care to the person responsible for the accident. As another example, if an individual destroys a stop sign on post, the government will seek the cost of replacing the stop sign.


Penalties for Filing a False Claim

Pursuant to Section 287 of Title 18, United States Code, anyone filing a false or fradulent claim may be fined up to $10,000 and/or imprisoned up to five years. Military personnel filing a false claim are subject to courts-martial for violating Article 132 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.


Staff Judge Advocate

Lt. Col. Daniel Tanabe


Monday through Friday

For appointments or questions please call: