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Soldier says Army harassing her about kids

April 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM   |   Comments

FORT BLISS, Texas, April 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. soldier says she and her fiance are being harassed by their superiors and are unable to properly care for their premature disabled twins.

Spc. Brittany Doy said she would abandon her military career to care for her 10-month-old twins who were born six weeks early with birth defects that required extensive medical care, the El Paso (Texas) Times reported Sunday.

At Fort Bliss, Doy said, superiors in her unit, the headquarters company of the Special Troops Battalion with the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, have hampered her efforts to care for her children and have harassed her and her fiance, Spc. Jeremy Romine.

"I love being a soldier and I'd love to stay if I could," Doy said. "But at this point, with all of the harassment, I just want to get out."

As one example of being stymied, Doy cited the need for surgery on her daughter's skull in Chicago in October, but because her daughter fell ill, the surgery was delayed until Nov. 12. Doy said she had to fight to get her leave approved to get her daughter to Chicago. And when the surgery was delayed and because her daughter would need three to six months of follow-up treatment, Doy said she asked about getting a compassionate reassignment to a nearby military facility. She said she and Romine got leaves until Jan. 18 but had to leave her children with her mother in Indiana.

Maj. Myles Caggins, a Fort Bliss spokesman, said in a statement the incident described by Doy was subject to two Army investigations. Caggins said most of her allegations were either untrue or couldn't be confirmed or commented upon until the investigations are finished.

Doy said she got little support from her unit's leadership while caring for her children and arranging for treatment. She said she was threatened several times with being considered absent without leave and discharged.

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