Matthew T. Crumley began serving as a commissioned officer on active duty in the Air Force in 2000, eventually achieving the rank of Major in 2008. In November 2010, he was injured while serving as an Honor Guard Ceremonial Guardsman during a funeral ceremony. He sent an email to senior Air Force officials detailing the incident and asking the Air Force to address the situation. The Air Force sent him a formal letter of admonishment for sending this email, advising him that he had bypassed his normal chain of command and stating that had acted unprofessionally. Based on this email, Crumley later received an evaluation that included this negative email.
Donald Woodruff, with the DuckeGroupe, LLC, and doing business as the Haven House for Homeless Veterans, filed a breach of contract lawsuit pro se in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging that a change in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ policy was responsible for a sharp decrease in the number of veterans staying at DuckeGroupe’s veterans housing facilities. Because the VA paid DuckeGroupe per veteran, the decline in veterans also meant a decline in DuckeGroup revenue. Woodruff claimed that the Government owed him roughly $50,000 in contract breach damages. The Government moved to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction and for failure to state a legally cognizable claim for relief.