From: Michael T. McPhearson

To: Bthn ; 'VFP Board' ; 'IOW Steering Committee list'

Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 1:14 PM

Subject: [vfpboard] From Michael McPhearson: FYI Some information about my son and a samll request.



Hello Everyone,

 

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 these challenges.

 

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

 

Lanisha Manuel

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

Executive Director

314 725-6005

 

peace: One step at a time.