From: Michael T. McPhearson
To: Bthn ; 'VFP Board' ; 'IOW Steering Committee list'
Monday, May 14, 2007 1:14 PM
[vfpboard] From Michael McPhearson: FYI Some information about my son and a
I wanted to update people on the status of my son SPC
Shaun Manuel. For those who know nothing about him I will go through a quick
explanation. My son joined the Army in late December 2003. His Military
Occupation Specialty is supply 92A (Automated Logistical Specialist). He served
a tour in Iraq with the 101st Airborne, September 2005 to September 2006. He
participated in convoys to transport supplies. He also participated in sweeps.
All in all Shaun returned from his Iraq experience intact but facing a few
emotional challenges. I am not an expert, but I think he has a slight case of
PTSD, anger management. Events concerning his second son Jeremiah exacerbate
Jeremiah was born June 2006 while Shaun was still in
Iraq. In November Jeremiah was diagnosed with Muscular Spinal Atrophy, a
genetic disease. He died January 3, 2007. Since that time my son’s
motivation has suffered. It appears his command has not been very supportive.
His brigade is scheduled return to Iraq in July. Shaun does not think his head
is in the right place to do another tour. I think he told his command
sometime last month that he wanted to get out of the military. I am not clear
on all the details, but I do know he missed a number of work days and
formations. When he returned he was arrested for being AWOL. He has been in
jail since April 27.
We hope to have him out soon. He is set to face a
summary court martial where he can receive 30 days jail time, hopefully time
served. He will probably be chaptered out with a less than honorable discharge.
His unit is currently in the field training for the deployment and will not be
back to Fort Campbell until the 17th. I have visited him in jail. He seems in fair
spirits considering his situation. Of course this has put tremendous stress on
his wife Lanisha. She seems to be holding up well and his oldest son Justin
acting his age of two. I admire Lanisha’s strength to handle this crisis.
If possible please write my son a few words of
encouragement. I think a number of letters will help sustain him through this
ordeal. It would also subtly inform the jail and his command that there are
people aware of this situation and watching. Fort Campbell does not have a jail
so he is the Christian County, Hopkinsville, KY jail.
SPC Shaun Manuel
C/O Christian County Jail
410 West 7th Street
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
952 Norman Drive
Clarksville, TN 37040
I would like to thank several people for helping with
legal support, Marti and Luke Hiken of Military Law Task Force, Elizabeth
Stinson of the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County CA, and David Gespass
in Birmingham AL.
Thank you everyone for all your support and I will
keep you informed as things change. Please circulate as you think best.
Michael T. McPhearson
Veterans For Peace
peace: One step at a time.