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Air Force Rule Forces Families To Make Difficult Decisions

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By Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Milwaukee mother's issue with the United States Air Force has put a spotlight on a rule that forces parents to make difficult decisions.

Rebecca Edmonds became pregnant while in training to join the Air Force and hid her pregnancy from her commanders. She only told them after she was commissioned, and then Air Force leaders dis-enrolled her.

"I said to him, after he told me that, ‘Had I terminated the pregnancy before my commissioning, would I have been able to commission at that point?' And he said, ‘Well, technically yes,'" Edmonds explained.

A Clarksville mother heard Edmonds's story on the news, and it brought back memories of when her late son went to enlist in the Air Force.

He was a 21-year-old single father at the time.

"His whole premise for going into the United States Air Force was to provide a better life for his daughter," said Renea Rosson.

But her son, Tim Alumbaugh, was surprised to learn of the parenting rule when he enlisted.

"That's when they told him you have two choices, you either have to marry the mother, or you have to sign away all rights to your daughter," said Rosson.

Her son felt he did not have a choice because he wanted to be part of his daughter's life, so he married the child's mother.

"It's a prime example of what happens when they're forced to do things like that because the marriage ended up dissolving in divorce," Rosson said.

Rosson understands the rigors that come with being an enlisted officer in the military. But she also contends most officers have a strong support structure at home.

"They have mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters that are willing to take on that responsibility," Rosson said.

Her son, Tim, left the Air Force six years after enlisting and moved back to Clarksville to help take care of his brother who had cancer. Time was murdered at a Nashville truck stop in June 2007.

Rosson still maintains a very close relationship with her granddaughter and her ex-daughter-in-law.




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