Discharging Single Mom

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Many have been hoping for this outcome to this single mothers plight.

Army discharging single mom who refused deployment

This undated self-portrait provided by Army Spc. Alexis Hutchinson shows Spc. Hutchinson and her son, Kamani. Hutchinson learned Thursday, Feb. 11. 2010 that she is being discharged from the military instead of facing a court-martial after she refused to deploy to Afghanistan, saying she had no family able to care for her infant son.

(AP Photo/Alexis Hutchinson, File)

A single-mom soldier who says she refused to deploy to Afghanistan  because she had no family able to care for her young son will be discharged from the military instead of facing a court-martial, the Army said Thursday.

Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, an Army cook stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, was arrested in November after skipping her unit’s deployment flight. Hutchinson, 21, said she couldn’t leave her son because her mother had backed out of plans to keep the child a few days before the soldier’s scheduled departure. >>>>>

Now, wouldn’t it be nice for the Country if at least a few of the ‘kombat keyboarder chickenhawks’ would have stepped up by now and filled the ranks for the occupations they cheered on, and still do!!

The decision still carries consequences for Hutchinson. She is being demoted in rank to private and will lose benefits afforded to military service members and veterans, Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said.

This policy, long standing, should have already been changed with these two long running occupations and the professional military, so called now but the previous administration thought the country also needed a highly paid merc army also.

Sussman denied that Hutchinson was exploiting her status as a single-mom to get out of going to Afghanistan.

“She was willing to deploy, and was ready to do that if her mother had not backed out of taking care of her child,” she said.

She may have or may have not ‘had a plan’, that’s not the point, especially if these single paret soldiers are serving anymore than one tour in either occupation theater, frankly they need not even be ‘single parents’, read what’s written above.

Hutchinson had a plan – her mother in California, Angelique Hughes, had agreed to care for the boy. Hughes kept the boy for about two weeks in October before deciding she couldn’t keep him for a full year, saying she was overwhelmed caring for other family members with health problems and special needs.

Keep in mind, her moms not down the street or around the corner from where she’s stationed.

According to the Defense Department, there are more than 70,500 single parents  on active duty in the U.S. military – about 5 percent of all service members. Nearly half of military single parents are in the Army. >>>>>

Once again, where’s all those ‘kombat keyboarders’? Or even those youngsters of the FOX news?, women included, many look under the top age of recruitment, who flap about what they perceive is reality, in their parallel world!


    • Xanthe on February 13, 2010 at 16:59

    feeding people is an honorable profession. Is that position being “outsourced” to a private firm –

    Even to give her six months to a year to make proper accommodations – is better than this.  

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