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Pentagon to support bill to protect troops' child custody rights

In an about-face, the Pentagon now supports the idea of federal legislation to better protect troops’ child custody rights.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed the move Wednesday during a Defense Department budget hearing with the House Armed Services Committee. He said the Pentagon would begin working with Congress immediately to help craft a bill to ensure servicemembers are not unduly penalized in child custody disputes because of their military service.

In a letter Tuesday to Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, a member of the armed services committee, Gates wrote, “The Defense Department has been officially opposed to federal legislation on this matter. However, I have been giving this matter a lot of thought and we should change our position.” Turner has sponsored such legislation since 2006 but has been unable to overcome opposition in the Senate.

Read the full story at Stars and Stripes

1 comment to Pentagon to support bill to protect troops’ child custody rights

  • Jeffrey Lemire

    Hi Mr Turner. I’m a service member currently serving in the Iraqi theater. I’m also a single parent with placement of my children. I know that you are a great advocate of military child custody issues. I have been looking to see if the legislation that you have championed has been submitted or voted upon and I cannot find anything at this time. Could you please pushed this forward. I’m afraid after serving here that the reality is I will lose my children after this deployment. You can contact me also at Jeffrey.H.Lemire@kuwait.swa.army.mil. I am with B Co 3-197. We are doing convoy security missions into Iraq bring equipment back. Thank You SFC Jeffrey Lemire

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