U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Defense: Create an office for legal services for servicemembers who lost custody of children while deployed
  • Petitioned Luis R. Vega Ramos
  • Responded

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Presidente Comisión de lo Jurídico
Luis R. Vega Ramos
Presidente de la Comisión de lo Jurídico, Seguridad y Veteranos,
Hon. Miguel Pereira
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directora de recursos externos
Dania Frias Martinez
United States Department of Justice, Attorney General of the United States
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence For Military Community and Family Policy
Charles E. Milam
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Jessica L Wright
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U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Defense: Create an office for legal services for servicemembers who lost custody of children while deployed

    1. Joseline Armistead
    2. Petition by

      Joseline Armistead

      Columbia, SC

Create an office where members of the armed forces and veterans who have lost the custody of their children while they were at war can receive legal assistance and legal representation from lawyers who are trained in child custody cases. The U.S. government has to take responsibility and assist Servicemembers that lost the custody of their children while fulfilling their duty overseas. Many of these Servicemembers did not have the opportunity to go to the U.S. to attend hearings in civilian courts to defend themselves against the claims for custody. The only reason a Servicemembers may be able to return stateside is if something happens to the Soldier’s Next of Kin, any other reason would be up to the Servicemembers chain of command. A child custody case is not considered an emergency. These Servicemembers proved their commitment to their nation remaining in the fight against terrorism in foreign lands while on American soil their children were abducted by the other parent, they are losing custody of their children, courts are increasing child support payments , access to their children is being limited, and many other injustices. Many Servicemembers were on extended missions against their will under the "Stop Loss Policy" creating for the Servicemembers and his family many difficulties.

Many of these Servicemembers have found little or no help from the military to support them in their civil cases. The fact that the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice 10 years after the conflict in the Middle East began have not yet established a permanent measure to protect Servicemembers from being sued in civil cases while they are in a war zone make the future for this Servicemembers uncertain. The Department of Defense still deploying Servicemembers without a permanent solution to this, living millions of Servicemembers unprotected and allowing courts to criminalize the work that Servicemembers do overseas. Most courts will give priority to the other party even if the custodial parent has been the Servicemember throughout the child’s life. The Soldiers and veterans need to be represented by experts in the field who can convince the judges of the reasons why many of the Servicemembers cannot go to defend their cases while they are in conflict zones or their chain of command does not allow them to. Many Servicemembers do not have the money to pay for legal services and many states have not yet created laws to protect the rights of Servicemembers departing for combat zones. It is the responsibility of government to create this type of aid to ensure our soldiers are prepared to go to battle and their families are protected while they are outside the overseas.

As many other parents this is my story. I was serving in the U. S. Army in since 2006 when I was sued for child custody. My chain of command did not allow me to go to the court house hearing because my unit C co 626 BSB 101st ABN DIV Fort Campbell KY was about to deploy to Iraq. My 1sg and Commander wrote a letter to the court house in Puerto Rico, Tribunal Supremo de Bayamon. Requesting my hearings to be delayed until my return. The judges accuse me of “rebellion” for not been present to the hearing and assign the custody of my son to his father without maternal rights for visitation or any rights towards my son. Since that day the father of my son cut off all communication between me and my son and did not allow me to see him freely. We need to stop criminalizing soldiers just for the job they do. I still fight the custody of my son on the court after 6 years. The government has to start giving some support to soldiers in this matter.

To:
Luis R. Vega Ramos, Presidente Comisión de lo Jurídico
Hon. Miguel Pereira, Presidente de la Comisión de lo Jurídico, Seguridad y Veteranos,
Dania Frias Martinez, directora de recursos externos
Eric H. Holder, Jr., United States Department of Justice, Attorney General of the United States
Charles E. Milam, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence For Military Community and Family Policy
Jessica L Wright, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Sen. Deb Fischer, Nebraska
Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan
Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas
Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia
Sen. James Inhofe, Oklahoma
Sen. Joe Donnelly, Indiana
Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado
Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina
Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
Rep. Buck McKeon, California-25
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
Sen. Mazie Hirono, Hawaii
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia
Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri
Office for servicemembers who lost custody of children while deployed

Sincerely,
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      Hon. Miguel Pereira

      yes is justice


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      Hon. Miguel Pereira

      yes i agree


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    • Mary Rose ORLANDO, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      I have one daughter who is currently in the army and one who is married to a NCO. I would hate to think that it could even be remotely possible should my 19 year old have children, that they would be removed from her custody because she was protecting our country. The thought of this is simply outrageous.

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    • Jessica Anderson COVINGTON, LA
      • over 1 year ago
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    • Bonnie White AUSTIN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Yes, I agree, and because of the child and mother.

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    • Rosanny Carmona WEST NEW YORK, N, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Because it is not fair that parents who are sent to fight for our country, who came back with lot of traumas, and they have to add the fact of losing their children,

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    • Laura Macias SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

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