Single Parenting ~vs~ US Army Deployment…

I heard this on the radio while listening to the Tom Joyner Morning show yesterday and there are still no words to express what I feel about this situation.

Alexis Hutchinson age 21 is an army cook stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.  Spc. Hutchinson is also a single parent to a 10 – month old baby boy named Kamani.  Spc. Alexis Hutchinson was scheduled for deployment but had no one to care for her child.  Hutchinson’s mother already cares for a special needs child, an ailing mother and an ailing sister and the addition of Kamani was too much.  According to CNN.com, “The Army said the young mother had plenty of time to sort out family issues and has been confined to her post at Fort Stewart, Georgia, while an investigation unfolds”.

According to abcnews.com, “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”.  Hutchinson could face multiple charges including AWOL and desertion.  The situation is under investigation and in the meantime Hutchinson is confined to the boundaries of Hunter Airfield.

Read the story and form your own opinion.  I can not sit in judgment, but I must say I am concerned and questioning the grandmother’s position on this.  I understand that she is caring for a special needs child and caring for 2 ailing relatives AND she is doing childcare in her home.  However as soon as she heard that Kamani had been taken from his mom, grandma was on a plane from California to Georgia to care for him… If you can’t count on your family then …

I also definitely have issues with the US Military system.  They are so quick to send our men and women over to fight a war without any care or concern about the families that are left behind.  ~SMDH~  Either she will still have to be deployed and maybe leave her child in government care or she will be court marshalled and perhaps dishonorably discharged from the army meaning no benefits for her and her child.  Can she file hardship papers and get an Honorable discharge from the military? I do not know.

The flip side of this story is the fact that when writing her family care plan she should not have designated her mother as guardian of her child if her mother was not capable of fulfilling that duty.  The family care plan is put into place so that if anything happens to the soldier all of the appropriate systems are set into place.  When she signed up for the military she was told that deployment at war-time would be a possibility.

There are two sides to every story.  The whole thing is a sad situation all around.

Peace & Love…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. don
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 09:11:29

    Yes, I had read about this. We even discussed the situation in full detail. I think the military should have never arrested this woman and placed her child elsewhere. But simply discharge her dishonorably and allow her to carry on with her life and raising the child. It’s obvious she doesn’t belong in the military.

    smh @ the father of this child.

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