ABOUT Military Counseling Network e.V. GI-Rights Hotline

The Military Counseling Network e.V.

The GI Rights Hotline provides accurate, helpful counseling and information on military discharges, AWOL and UA, and GI Rights:

WHY SHOULD I CALL 1-877-447-4487?  

If outside the US +49-151-567 27550

The GI Rights Network is a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that answers thousands of calls from military personnel and their families. There are many reasons for these calls. You can call us for help with any of the following issues:


  • Your call will be directed to the a Network counseling center in your region.
  • You will be helped by a trained GI counselor.
  • If a counselor is unavailable, you may leave a voice message, or contact the Hotline by eMail or text message.

Our trained civilian counselors are ready to help you sort out your options.

Call now — the call and the service are free and confidential.

Please listen to Maria from the 
Center on Conscience & War - she perfectly sums up the work of the GI-Rights-Hotline

GI Café
Unfortunately we had to close the GI-Café
The counseling and GI-Rights-Hotline will remain
You can reach us at 
The Clearing Barrel GI coffeehouse opened 2012 in the center of Kaiserslautern, Germany, the centerpiece of U.S. military installations in Europe with the Ramstein Airbase and Landstuhl Medical Center.
The Clearing Barrel is open for everyone. It’s a warm and beautiful place to relax and to enjoy a strong fair trade coffee or a tasty Saturday breakfast.
The coffeehouse also provides a safe, alternative space for soldiers, veterans and their families to socialize, learn about their rights in the military, receive counseling, engage one another in political discussions, and organize themselves to resist illegal wars and military occupations.
The Clearing Barrel offers events, movies and concerts. The current program is avail­able at our website.
The coffeehouse is run by Meike Capps-Schubert, since 2003 active in the Military Counseling Network and is supported by volunteers.

ph: 0151 - 567 275 50

Military Counseling Network e.V.
The Military Counseling Network e.V. provides free, confidential and accurate information on U.S. military regulations and practices to service members, veterans and their families.
We are part of a consortium of more than twen­ty non-governmental, non-profit organizations located in more than fifteen states in the U.S. and in Germany, known as the GI Rights Hotline. Some of our counselors are veterans, some are lawyers and some have decades of military counseling experience.
We help service members with military discharges, grievances, complaints and other GI rights. We can assist veterans with getting their benefits. We are in constant contact with each other to stay up-to-date on the latest military regulations and practices.
Many of us are not lawyers, but in cases in which an attorney might be useful, we can help you find one.

0151 - 567 27 550

Get involved

The Clearing Barrel and Military Counseling Network e.V. need your assistance. You can help us by volunteering in the coffeehouse or organizing events. Inform U.S. soldiers about the counseling service. Inform people about our beautiful place.
Please donate
Military Counseling Network e.V. is a registered non-profit organisation. All donations in Germany are tax-deductible. Please help us with a donation. Join the Military Counseling Network.

Here are three different ways you can donate:

IBAN DE21430609676019886400

Pay Pal to gi-cafe-germany@gmx.net

Center on Conscience & War, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009-5706, Memo Line: GI-Café-Germany Donation

GI Rights Hotline
Military counseling Network e.V.