A fathera s crusade for his daughter,...

A fathera s crusade for his daughter, and other soldiers

There are 11 comments on the WTVR Richmond story from Jun 17, 2012, titled A fathera s crusade for his daughter, and other soldiers. In it, WTVR Richmond reports that:

Jeff Chafin began Father`s Day by marching from Fort Lee to Washington D.C. in an effort to bring his daughter home.

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Smithville, MO

#1 Jun 20, 2012
Way to go Jeff! This a such an important issue that needs to be seen and we hope your actions can make that happen! Keep it up and best of luck!
Brenda Nicholas

Olathe, KS

#2 Jun 20, 2012
Thank you for represening the so many chidren and bringing attention where it needs to be directed! Your actions I hope will be the start of a chage here in the US! That laws can be written to protect our US soldier rights and their children! Keep up the fight!
international spouse

Glasgow, UK

#3 Jun 20, 2012
Does this man realise that he is trying to remove peoples human rights of the country in which they were born and also if this law is changed will the army then fund all of these international spouses to get green cards as if they are stating the person has to adhere to american courts they will need to fund them to live and work there - cant see the army or tax payer supporting that as its around $2000 also many women and men will marry these soldiers just to gain access to the states - i suspect this is a publicity stunt to get money as there is no chance america can change a Hague law - this is an international law and neither america or any other country can change this law!

Kearney, MO

#4 Jun 20, 2012
Dear "international spouse",
If you are interested in this issue than may I suggest that you take a few moments to read all of the articles regarding this heroic mans story, or view the You Tube video of the mom's arrest for public intoxication/drunk driving and harassing police officers, or the report of her domestic violence. This is a real family, fighting the fight of their lives... not a publicity stunt. I believe justice will be done and it starts with one person. Laws are changed and created every day to better our society.

Mission, KS

#5 Jun 20, 2012
I've read the articles and seen the videos of the people invloved here, really liked the one where the little girl says the Pledge of Allegiance. Now back to the situation at hand. I can understand why America deports illegal aliens,(Hispanics,Africans), but a white female from the UK. How bad of an individual must you be to get deported back there? I wonder what her mother thinks of her? I support Justice. It appears that justice was not served in this case. It really looks like it started with a judge who was over her head with the Hague Convention guidelines. I can see a need for some form of education to get our judges all on the same page. And as for International spouse from Glasgow, you are probably the mother or a cousin of this shameless mother. It seems that she has some severe alcohol issues that no one is willing to help her with. You would think in your country that women are paid to stay home with their children, that your government would make sure they are fit to be parents. And as far as changing the Hague laws, he probably won't be able to do that, however, any country can make changes to laws that pertain to it's citizens. Before you add your negative, Scottish views here, go find this mother, talk to her and see if she is someone you would want watching your child. From what I've read, good luck.


#6 Jun 20, 2012
Dear International Spouse,
I am also an international spouse. How is it human rights to take a little girl, who is doing very well with one parent, away from that parent and hand her over to a parent who has been arrested multiple times, including once for assaulting a taxi driver and once for domestic violence against their spouse while their daughter was in the house?!!?
Children should NOT automatically go to their mother anymore than they should automatically go to their father. A judge should truly consider a case without prejudice or bias.
Just because a law is an international law, doesn't make it right, and it CAN be changed. If nothing else, a system of checks and balances certainly needs to be in place to ensure people receive a fair trial. And frankly, I find it sad that father's are automatically considered the less valuable parent. This isn't a country vs country thing or even a father vs mother. It's an issue of what is best for the child...and I'm sorry but being with an unstable mother with a history of drunken violence is NOT what is best for the child!
I applaud Jeff for not only fighting to get his little girl back, but also working hard to try to change things so no one else has to go through what he is going through.
Concerned Person

Corpus Christi, TX

#7 Jun 20, 2012
The point everyone seems to be missing is that Jeff and his wife are not divorced. The Judge was supposed to rule on habitual residence ONLY. Where was the child's home. She was born in Germany, moved a short time to Scotland while her father was deployed to Afghanistan, and then the Army moved them and there belongings to Alabama at the Mother's request. The mother had applied for a green card and was looking for a job. She planned on living in the US until her numerous arrests got her deported back to Scotland. The Judge over stepped her bounds and ruled instead on custody and didn't even listen to the evidence.
TL in Cville

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jun 20, 2012
Where was Eris born?

Smithville, MO

#9 Jun 20, 2012
TL in Cville wrote:
Where was Eris born?
Eris was born in Germany.
RockyMountainMom my

Colorado Springs, CO

#10 Jun 20, 2012
What would Jeff have to gain to justify this as a "publicity stunt"? I find it very sad to simply excuse away this father's fight for the safety of his daughter by simply saying that he is doing this just to raise money or just for publicity. Also, to answer your question about the US government paying for you to get a 'green card or work and live here' the answer is YES! The government did and currently does pay for many benefits given to 'international spouses'. Example: Who do you think paid the German government for your rent, hospital bills and overseas living allowances?? Yep, the good ol' USA-by USA I mean taxpayers...I mean people like me! You're welcome.

Manhattan, KS

#11 Jun 21, 2012
Good Luck Jeff! I hope you get your daughter back.

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