Capt. Eva Slusher, a woman who served in the Army National Guard, once faced the same battle as Tanya. After Eva returned home from a 15-month deployment, she says her ex-husband refused to return their daughter, Sara, without a court order.
When Eva went to court, she says the hearing turned into a full-blown custody battle. "The judge ruled that, just like in Tanya's case, we're both good parents," Eva says. "But because of my deployment and Sara being in her father's home for that amount of time, she was better off there because, 'the military lifestyle is not stable and is not conducive to raising children.'"
Eva's fight waged on for years. She appealed the ruling in the Court of Appeals, the Appellate Court and, finally, in the State Supreme Court. "She was 9 when I left," Eva says. "She was 12 when I got her back."
Published on October 13, 2010
Please note that Harpo Productions, Inc., OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery Communications LLC and their affiliated companies and entities have no affiliation with and do not endorse those entities or websites referenced above, which are provided solely as a courtesy. Please conduct your own independent investigation (including an investigation as to whether any contributions are tax deductible) before donating to any charity, project or organization. This information is provided for your reference only.