Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Despite all of her external ruggedness, Lt. Eva Crouch starts to cry just thinking about losing custody of her daughter. A member of the Kentucky National Guard, Crouch's family life changed dramatically when she was deployed in 2003. Now, more than a year after her return, Crouch has finally won the latest round in a court battle and custody of her daughter. . . . There are currently about 360 single parents in the Kentucky National Guard. However, there are no laws specifically protecting them from losing custody because of a deployment. Eva Crouch says her case is illustrative of a need for better safeguards to protect single-parent soldiers in custody disputes. Crouch estimated her legal fees cost about $10,000, and she lost a year with her daughter. By Associated Press, WKYT TV Newsfirst, http://www.wkyt.com/Global/story.asp?S=3807600 (Last visited September 6, 2005, REO).