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Soldier Mom refuses deployment to care for baby
AP ^ | 11/16/2009 | Russ Bynum

Posted on 11/16/2009 6:26:41 PM PST by mom aka the evil dictator

SAVANNAH, Ga. – An Army cook and single mom may face criminal charges after she skipped her deployment flight to Afghanistan because, she said, no one was available to care for her infant son while she was overseas.

Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, 21, claims she had no choice but to refuse deployment orders because the only family she had to care for her 10-month-old son — her mother — was overwhelmed by the task, already caring for three other relatives with health problems.

Her civilian attorney, Rai Sue Sussman, said Monday that one of Hutchinson's superiors told her she would have to deploy anyway and place the child in foster care.

"For her it was like, 'I couldn't abandon my child,'" Sussman said. "She was really afraid of what would happen, that if she showed up they would send her to Afghanistan anyway and put her son with child protective services."

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: entitlement; hutchinson; womeninmilitary
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1 posted on 11/16/2009 6:26:42 PM PST by mom aka the evil dictator
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

Which part of “volunteer army” was not clear?

And they know what causes babies nowadays...


2 posted on 11/16/2009 6:29:14 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

Should have just asked to see Barry’s long form BC.


3 posted on 11/16/2009 6:29:47 PM PST by smokingfrog (Well, are you gonna draw those pistols or whistle Dixie? Spit!)
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

I have feeling both US army and civiian authority fail this poor lady


4 posted on 11/16/2009 6:31:34 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

I have feeling both US army and civiian authority fail this poor lady


5 posted on 11/16/2009 6:31:42 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

Can’t the Army come up with a baby backpack?


6 posted on 11/16/2009 6:32:31 PM PST by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

In my humble opinion, any female soldier who has a minor child at home should be released from the service. Can’t see why the formerly strongest army in the world puts up with this.

I know I’ll take a lot of hits for this, but the military is no place for women with minor children . . . and this is exhibit A.


7 posted on 11/16/2009 6:33:10 PM PST by laweeks
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To: laweeks

I agree. With all of the positions here in the states, why seperate mother and child?


8 posted on 11/16/2009 6:36:42 PM PST by earlJam
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To: freedumb2003
And they know what causes babies nowadays... LOL
9 posted on 11/16/2009 6:36:48 PM PST by VicVega (Join Jihad, get captured by the US and resettled in the best places in to the world. I love the USA)
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To: laweeks

You won’t get any flak from me. You are right.


10 posted on 11/16/2009 6:36:48 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: laweeks

I agree, but if it’s single moms only. In my experience, servicewomen with children will use them to get out of just about everything.


11 posted on 11/16/2009 6:37:42 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: SevenofNine

I understand this mother not wanting to abandoned her child...but you do have provide a guardian (paperwork, names, phone numbers, power of attorney etc) for your children in case you are deployed. It has been this way since the first Gulf War.


12 posted on 11/16/2009 6:38:07 PM PST by Irisshlass
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To: laweeks

No shots here. Women should have remained the reason men go to war. Why in the heck did women stop being feminists???


13 posted on 11/16/2009 6:38:15 PM PST by wombtotomb
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To: SevenofNine

I understand this mother not wanting to abandoned her child...but you do have provide a guardian (paperwork, names, phone numbers, power of attorney etc) for your children in case you are deployed. It has been this way since the first Gulf War.


14 posted on 11/16/2009 6:38:18 PM PST by Irisshlass
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

She will probably be chaptered (kicked out) of the Army. If you are a single Soldier and don’t have a family care plan, the Army will most certainly kick you out.


15 posted on 11/16/2009 6:38:22 PM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: SevenofNine

I understand this mother not wanting to abandoned her child...but you do have provide a guardian (paperwork, names, phone numbers, power of attorney etc) for your children in case you are deployed. It has been this way since the first Gulf War.


16 posted on 11/16/2009 6:38:32 PM PST by Irisshlass
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To: randomhero97

Hate to be an old poop about this but, in reading this article, I see no mention of a father. Seems to be a lot of this going around these days.


17 posted on 11/16/2009 6:39:41 PM PST by JayVee (Joseph)
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

Bad Conduct discharge and loss of all pay and privileges!


18 posted on 11/16/2009 6:40:22 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: Irisshlass

And so what happens when the guardian bails out?


19 posted on 11/16/2009 6:42:52 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: laweeks

Well, I hope you don’t any grief here. I think you’re right.


20 posted on 11/16/2009 6:43:20 PM PST by delacoert
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To: earlJam

Why an overseas deployment to start with?

They don’t separate the illegal’s…oh, that’s right, they are the perfect CITIZEN for modern government; just as terrorists are; having extra-Constitutional privileges.


21 posted on 11/16/2009 6:47:20 PM PST by ntmxx (I am not so sure about this misdirection!)
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

Convenience of the government discharge.

Thank you for your interest in national defense.


22 posted on 11/16/2009 6:48:23 PM PST by Ronin (Better an avowed enemy in front of me than a potential traitor beside me. NO RINOS!)
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To: laweeks

Everything is upside down these days. The traditional lifestyles as flawed as they are, are the best. I stayed at home to raise my children and I have no regrets. More women need to do what I did and this world would be a better place.


23 posted on 11/16/2009 6:48:35 PM PST by television is just wrong (one big ass mistake America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

What about her husband???

Oh - wait, it isn’t politically correct to expect a woman to have a baby WHILE MARRIED.... ugh....

While I would never diminish the importance of a mother to a child, I also believe that we make commitments, we should KEEP them.


24 posted on 11/16/2009 6:54:13 PM PST by TheBattman (Pray for our country...)
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To: Irisshlass

I wonder there a way sound like both US Miltary mostly Civilan social system fail this poor lady


25 posted on 11/16/2009 6:54:27 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: television is just wrong; laweeks

I agree with both of you!


26 posted on 11/16/2009 6:54:32 PM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: freedumb2003

Which part of “volunteer army” was not clear?


If what this lady says is true, I don’t blame her one bit. There is such a thing as a hardship discharge.


27 posted on 11/16/2009 6:54:43 PM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: laweeks

I’m with you on this. Up through the 70’s I believe the pregnant service member could opt for a discharge. I can remember at least one case around 1978 in our squadron.


28 posted on 11/16/2009 6:56:59 PM PST by pfflier
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

Will someone tell me why women are in the military? WHY?

It is against nature, and certainly motherhood for this woman to be anywhere but at home raising this child.

Where is the father of the baby?

I could go on, but that should be obvious to anyone with a brain stem.


29 posted on 11/16/2009 6:57:14 PM PST by panzerkamphwageneinz
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To: SevenofNine

No, she didn’t plan properly. She is required to have a “Family Care Plan” for just this type of situation. Her failure to plan is not the Army’s fault.

If she is incapable of serving, she needs to be separated from the service. Another servicemember will be forced to take her place in the rotation possibly cutting short their time stateside with family and loved ones.

She is placing a burden on other members with her inability to fulfill her commitment.

Birth control would have been an option as well. If she wanted to start a family, she should have waited until she was no longer in the rotation or out of the service.

I saw similar prior to our deployment to the Gulf in ‘90 and I’m not very sympathetic. Another had to take their place.

SZ


30 posted on 11/16/2009 6:57:37 PM PST by SZonian (Bullets, Bread, Butter)
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

“Her civilian attorney, Rai Sue Sussman, said Monday that one of Hutchinson’s superiors told her she would have to deploy anyway and place the child in foster care.”

- Wait..what? Did they really say FOSTER care?! Are they insane?

One might as well throw it into a den of wolves. She needs to tell them to get stuffed, or find some other SAFE alternative for her child.


31 posted on 11/16/2009 6:57:47 PM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: freedumb2003

I was a volunteer in the Navy and received a hardship discharge after I divorced and got custody of my three children. All she has to do is apply for one and it will be granted. But she cannot ever re-enlist unless she can prove that she has someone to watch after her baby.


32 posted on 11/16/2009 7:09:10 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: Irisshlass

Either that or apply for a hardship discharge.


33 posted on 11/16/2009 7:10:24 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: rbg81

>>If what this lady says is true, I don’t blame her one bit. There is such a thing as a hardship discharge. <<

She put herself in a pregnant condition, knowing she had a more important previous engagement?

So, if a guy decided he wanted to be a close father, he is good to file for hardship discharge?


34 posted on 11/16/2009 7:18:42 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: pfflier
I’m with you on this. Up through the 70’s I believe the pregnant service member could opt for a discharge.

No matter which side was pregnant!


35 posted on 11/16/2009 7:21:07 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: panzerkamphwageneinz

Are you serious?


36 posted on 11/16/2009 7:23:46 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: JayVee

Hate to be an old poop about this but, in reading this article, I see no mention of a father. Seems to be a lot of this going around these days.

^^^
This old female agrees with you.


37 posted on 11/16/2009 7:26:34 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: freedumb2003

AND all of us are required to have arrangements for the care of our minor children. If not, we need to resign or be involuntarily discharged. Sorry.

Colonel, USAFR


38 posted on 11/16/2009 7:27:13 PM PST by jagusafr (Kill the red lizard, Lord! - nod to C.S. Lewis)
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To: television is just wrong

I stayed at home to raise my children and I have no regrets. More women need to do what I did and this world would be a better place.

&&&
Amen! And they need to stop having children out of wedlock.


39 posted on 11/16/2009 7:28:18 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: panzerkamphwageneinz

Will someone tell me why women are in the military? WHY?

&&&
Agree with your entire post.


40 posted on 11/16/2009 7:30:11 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

If the mom is telling the truth, she’s between a rock and a hard place. I’ve supervised people who had to make that decision, male and female, and it isn’t an easy one. Fortunately for me, and our mission, all of mine were able to find someone they could trust. If she can’t, she has to be about as alone as it’s possible to get.


41 posted on 11/16/2009 7:39:02 PM PST by Old Student (We have a name for the people who think indiscriminate killing is fine. They're called "The Bad Guys)
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To: laweeks

This is hardly new. Pregnancy is a well known way to avoid deployment. This woman has just taken it a step further by claiming that she can’t find child care.

Nothing will change, however. The women in the armed forces have enormous symbolic value to the left.


42 posted on 11/16/2009 7:41:19 PM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: SZonian

I agree. Someone else will have to pick up her slack. It’s just too damn bad that same person wasn’t picking up her slack when promotions were being awarded.

It’s always chapped my ass that women join the service and get special treatment, and everyone else is expected to treat them as equals.


43 posted on 11/16/2009 7:44:29 PM PST by EricT. ("Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government." -George Washington)
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To: jagusafr

>>AND all of us are required to have arrangements for the care of our minor children. If not, we need to resign or be involuntarily discharged. Sorry.

Colonel, USAFR<<

Maybe I am not understanding the instant situation then? Isn’t simple ID in order here?


44 posted on 11/16/2009 7:48:59 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

A good portion of today’s military is a politically correct, welfare agency, forced diversity laboratory, and daycare center.

Witness this idiot—and many like her, as well as the career of Malik Hasan.

We have many fine people in the service today—(I wouldn’t go in today for a million bucks—and not because of the war-because of the enemies within)—most of those good folks with sore backs from carrying the load for the worthless—and we have great technology. Otherwise, we’d be in deep doo-doo.


45 posted on 11/16/2009 7:58:14 PM PST by Mac from Cleveland (Dreams from My Father--food, shelter, and education from some typical white folks)
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To: freedumb2003

The real kicker to me was the fact that Grandmomma cannot handle the baby but she can run a daycare. The whole thing sounds like a set-up so that the soldier doesn’t have to go to Afghanistan. These soldiers need to figure out how to not have children. I am betting baby’s daddy is a soldier also and he is probably not being deployed. So they aren’t together anymore...oh well. It is still his kid, let him have temporary custody.


46 posted on 11/16/2009 8:05:34 PM PST by mom aka the evil dictator
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To: SevenofNine

I don’t see where anyone failed her. She chose to get pregnant and now she chooses not to honor her contract to the Army. She has known for some time that she would be deployed. Just deciding not to show up is inexcusable. I think she and her mom got together and decided this was a way not to be deployed. We had one show up at Ft Benning last year with her two kids claiming she couldn’t deploy because daddy worked long hours. Get it in the media and every softie will be screaming, “Let the mommy go home, poor mommy.” Never mind the military now has to send someone else.


47 posted on 11/16/2009 8:05:42 PM PST by mom aka the evil dictator
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

With any luck they will ask for that enlistment bonus back too!


48 posted on 11/16/2009 8:05:49 PM PST by mom aka the evil dictator
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To: Ronin

I have a child in Iraq (and 5 of his buddies who have adopted me).


49 posted on 11/16/2009 8:05:52 PM PST by mom aka the evil dictator
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

Baby, belongs with the mother...and mother with baby... easy call. I have two daughters in the USMC and still feel this way.


50 posted on 11/16/2009 8:09:39 PM PST by ShackledNoMore (Baby with mother and mother with baby...)
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