Witnesses testifying before the
House Armed Services Subcommittee
on Military Personnel
18 Sept 2019

Testimonies by Survivors and Advocates
Ms. Kate Ranta, Ms. Rohini Hughes,
Ms. Leah Olszewski

Military & Veterans Advocacy Experts
Mr. Brian Clubb, Mr. David S. Lee, Ms. Arlene Vassell
Mrs. A.T. Johnston, Mr. Kenneth Noyes

See the full program here

View the hearing video here

Introducing NMFAO!

NMSAO has passionately served the Military spouses since 2015 and today we are proud, grateful and humbled to announce our new advocacy organization, the National Military Family Advocacy Organization (NMFAO).

We are taking another step in our mission to recognize and strengthen the entire military family unit by incorporating military children and becoming “family focused".  The new organization has been incorporated in Virginia as a non-profit entity with its application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status pending before the IRS.  NMFAO’s mission is to serve Military families and to provide a platform for both military spouses and children to voice their concerns and trials, always keeping in mind that the Military children of today will proudly become the Military servicemembers of tomorrow!

NMFAO has prayerfully created this new platform and will soon be operational, providing valuable and much needed additional resources and information to better serve the Military families.  We are grateful for your continued support and prayers.

The National Military Family Advocacy Organization (NMFAO) Mission Statement

The military family is the foundation for members serving in harm´s way, worldwide.

Occasionally, military members can be under a lot of stress or even suffer from significant debilitating injuries; it can be too much. Often, abuse or even abandonment of the military family is the end result. Clearly, the military member needs help, but so do the families. Change is needed.

The National Military Family Advocacy Organization (NMFAO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the military family, protect the rights of the military family, and help restore services and protection often denied to military families due to abandonment or abuse from a military servicemember.

Spouses and children who have been abandoned and/or abused by a military servicemember often fall through very large gaps between civil and federal law, and military jurisdiction. For example, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was intended to protect soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen from civil judgments and litigation while they serve overseas. Unfortunately, these same laws have been used to cut off housing, food and basic living support for the military family by the military servicemember. The military does not have any authority concerning civil issues; therefore, the family finds themselves abandoned and deserted by the military servicemember and their country. Local support agencies will not provide basic life support needs for a military family as their funds and resources are limited for use by their citizens. Typically, the military family is told to return to the military base and work through them. As the base has no authority over civil matters and no resources for abandoned and deserted military families, the spiral begins. The military family has no place to go; they are hungry and homeless.

We seek to increase awareness of these situations by providing continuous advocacy to our Legislators and are working with them to correct the system. Additionally, we serve as an advisory to military spouses and their families.

NMFAO seeks empowerment, justice, and preservation of the military family-the cornerstone of our warfighting forces.

 

The National Military Family Advocacy Organization (NMFAO) Vision Statement

NMFAO seeks to ensure there is justice and protection for military families. We work to implement and correct federal laws and federal pre-emptive laws. As we support military families, we also desire to assist Military Commanders, JAG´s, State and Federal courts, and Congress to understand the rights and protections of military families.

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Do you know that Military Spouses and Children serve our nation as much as the Servicemember?

Do you know how many times the Military Spouses suffer and sacrifice through each relocation and deployment while serving the military, family, community,
faith based organizations, schools, at each new duty station?

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Do you know how many service members suffer from Mental Illness caused by relocations, deployments to War Zones resulting in Domestic Violence? Do you know that Mental Health Evaluations are optional and not mandatory for service members returning from war zones?

Can you guess how I am going to grow up healthy after what I witness?

Do you know how many times I have
been crippled
and silenced
about
abuse and abandonment?

Do you really know how many Military
Spouses and
children
are actually ABANDONED every day?

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Despite some new protections patched into family law for victims of violence against women, the family law and family court system remain a flawed and risky venue for victims of family violence. It's especially risky for victims who present claims of violence and abuse in family court without any criminal case documents to back up those claims.

The structure and powers of the family court system are radically different from the criminal system. By understanding these differences, victims and advocates can minimize the risks of family court, and get the best of each system to work for them.

Part I of this text describes some of the key differences between the family and criminal court systems. It explains why family court is so prone to fail victims of family violence. Part II provides some strategies for avoiding family court when possible, or for protecting against the risks when a family court case is opened. Parts III & IV provide some general tips for handling your family court case.

Part V offers some tips on what to do if you lose in family court, particularly if you lose child custody. And Part VI tells a story of how one domestic violence victim who had become badly trapped in family court hell, ultimately managed to get free.

Most people mistakenly think that the difference between family court and criminal court consists mainly in the different issues these courts deal with. It's a mistake that can seriously endanger victims of family violence who too often trust that the family court system is built to protect her in much the same way as the criminal system. Nothing could be further from reality.

Read the full article at http://www.justicewomen.com

How Multiple Military Failures Set The Texas Church Shooter On A Path To Violence

This is finally exposed! So you can only imagine the number of unreported and unrecorded Domestic Abuse cases towards the Military Spouses and Children!

“The lack of attention paid to domestic violence reporting is alarming. An estimated 1 in 3 American civilian women (33 percent) endure intimate partner violence during their lifetime, according to data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. VA statistics indicate similarly that 36% of female active-duty service members experienced domestic violence, a number that’s likely low due to underreporting in the ranks; for female veterans, it’s as high as 70%, per the VA.”

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Pentagon releases sexual assault data for all its installations for the first time

Wow! Well, we can tell you without hesitation that this is not true data at all because many cases go unreported due to the collusion between Commanders, Family Advocacy Programs and Inspector Generals! The messily data collected by the military entities does not even get reported to the State Government while the Pentagon shows a decline in every possible area of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Military Divorce. Where is the Justice?

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