“The mission of Military Families for Justice is to raise awareness and enact change in the U.S. Military Justice System through the passage of the Bill of Rights for Bereaved Military Families. We are nonpartisan and do not ask for, nor accept, monetary donations. Our purpose is to serve as an online resource center to provide educational links and materials enabling bereaved military families to empower themselves with the knowledge necessary to navigate the military justice system.”
There’s a new breed of American hero out there, they wear many hats in society, and stem from multiple backgrounds, you may not recognize them because they work silently yet, they are the voices of their fallen heroes, as they are the family members of our slain American heroes. That’s right, these heroes are the mothers and fathers, husbands and wives and in some cases siblings and children of the fallen American hero who was murdered and whose death they avenge because they know the narrative in which their loved one died is a lie.
These heroes are the forgotten members of society, the military’s worst nightmare, they are the orphaned families of America’s most valorous, and even in their absence, it is these families who continue to stand and honor our American flag and kneel for their God…for they pick up the mangled swords of their beloved fallen warriors and battle the fight of good vs evil for just cause and accountability. In the past, the murders and crimes of their loved ones have fallen on deaf ears for the lack of rule of law, yet “Military Families For Justice” brings the fight to the table in search of new laws protecting the very fiber of America who ensures our security both on and off the battlefield.
If you only imagine the pain and suffering they endure, the everyday struggles they face in search for answers.
“There is an increasing number of military families being put in the position of having to investigate their loved ones death. Amassing evidence that includes, witness statements, forensic/crime scene reconstruction and medical reports, these military families have no unbiased, independent forum in which to present evidence and challenge a flawed investigation.”
The burden and pain these family members carry are the deepest scars that no earthy battle could claim, for these profound, psychological and emotional wounds run deep, these families champion against them on a daily basis, all in the name of their slain loved one who carries the title of “homicide” on their death certificate and died under mysterious and nefarious circumstances, some through negligence, dereliction of duties and abandonment, while others in accidents or alleged and sensitive suicides.
These handicapped families endure monetary hardships as well, for monies paid out to investigators and attorneys and others who may shed a ray of light into their tragedy.
These families are reaching out to those in power who will take their fight seriously and create the new laws needed to protect the constitutional and human rights of our men and women of valor both on and off the battlefield. Bereaved Military Families have been seeking justice and change over decades, as cited in a 1996 report to the Armed Services Committee by New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, identifying the need for an independent, unbiased, and transparent forum to review Military Deaths.
Did you know that The United Kingdom currently conducts Military Inquest Hearings on all Military Deaths to provide the Bereaved Families answers and ensure early identification of systemic problems that could negatively impact Force Wellness and Military Readiness.
The lack of standardization in Military Death Investigations and Manner of Death Determinations leading to flawed statistics that are severely influencing the Way Forward in DoD research and program development.
Bereaved Military Families have endured the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation and they have earned the right for a reasonable explanation about the facts and evidence surrounding their loved-one’s death. Perdue’s team listened intently and took copious notes. Their faces could not hide the emotions they too, were experiencing.
And now we wait for the next step in what will undoubtedly be a long road.
To deny this issue is injustice.
Military Families For Justice was created by three powerful women, who lead the way to Justice for our military fallen. These two military widows and a writer with a compassionate heart, have come together for the fight. They are the driven force and possess the knowledge and insight into what crimes of murders – homicides and other atrocities have taken place within certain military families.
Tracy Shue serves as a co-founder and advisor of Military Families for Justice. Co-author with Cilla McCain of a forthcoming book telling the personal story behind the murder investigation of her husband Colonel Philip Shue. The case received national media attention from 48 Hours, People Magazine, Air Force Times and in “From Crime Scene to Courtroom” by famous forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht.
Kimberly Stahlman was married to Colonel Michael Stahlman for more than twenty-years. During their marriage, she traveled the world with her husband and completely immersed herself into the role of an officer’s wife, gaining a thorough understanding of the inner workings of Marine Corps life and protocol. After receiving a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Maryland College Park, she worked with the United States Marine Corps Family Advocacy Program and developed The Victim’s Advocate Program in Okinawa, Japan to provide assistance for rape and domestic violence victims. She is currently a consultant for the in-progress book “A Non-Hostile Incident” by Cilla McCain.
Cilla McCain has both passion and experience writing about political, military and cultural issues that have escaped justice. The publication of her book Murder In Baker Company: How Four American Soldiers Killed One Of Their Own, received positive reviews by many media outlets, including but not limited to Publisher’s Weekly, The Washington Post and In These Times. It was also nominated for “The Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize for Excellence in Writing to Advance Social Justice.” Cilla’s blog can be found on The Huffington Post. In addition to being a co-founder of MFFJ, she serves as the point of contact for media inquiries as well as contributing to the website research materials.
Bill of Rights for Bereaved Military Families
Statistics show 1 in 4 Military Deaths are Non-Combat Related; an unacceptable number for Military Families and for our Country?s National Security and Defense.
Each month the Department of Defense releases historically high suicide statistics. However, upon closer examination anyone can see it is releasing numbers based on assumptions and incomplete death investigations.
Although the Cause and Manner of these Military Non-Combat Deaths may differ, the similarity of inadequate Military Death Investigations and the disrespect for the Military Deceased and Bereaved Military Families is consistent.
Inadequate Military Death Investigations and Human Rights Violations involving Death Investigations of U.S Military Deceased have been documented for decades. The resulting damage from these flawed investigations include military families being given incorrect information relating to their loved ones death; up to and including an incorrect official cause of death.
Our country is spending countless tax dollars to fund programs aimed at reducing PTSD suicides, yet many of these ?suicides? may actually be murders, medical negligence or accidents.
To support this, there is an increasing number of military families being put in the position of having to investigate their loved ones death. Amassing evidence that includes, witness statements, forensic/crime scene reconstruction and medical reports, these military families have no unbiased, independent forum in which to present evidence and challenge a flawed investigation.
Please join the organization Military Families for Justice in petitioning the United States government to adopt mandates protecting the human rights of our military families with a Bill of Rights for Bereaved Military Families.
This all-encompassing Bill will provide an avenue to justice for every Bereaved Military Family by mandating the following:
*Human Rights to Bereaved Military Families enforcing assurances their loved ones deaths will be correctly and thoroughly investigated and that all evidence collected be preserved indefinitely in one central and controlled location.
*Right of Bereaved Military Families to an Independent Public Inquest Hearing where all evidence, relating to the death of the Military Deceased, be presented in its entirety irrelevant to the jurisdiction of the death (civilian, federal, Military Installation, CONUS, OCONUS property) and without statute of limitations.
*Human Rights of Bereaved Military Families by allowing them a voice and legal counsel during investigative Inquest Proceedings
*Enhanced awareness of these established rights for Bereaved Military Families by working hand-in-hand with government initiatives such as Joining Forces.
*The right of a Bereaved Military Family to fully participate and ?speak for the Deceased?, with legal counsel, during the Independent Public Inquest Hearing
*The right of a Bereaved Military Family to full disclosure of all documents and evidence pertaining to the death of the Military Deceased.
*The right of a Bereaved Military Family, at Inquest, to enter into evidence with legal counsel, discovery of all information relating to the death of the Military Deceased.
*The right of a Bereaved Military Family, at Inquest, to challenge, with legal counsel and expert witness testimony, all evidence and testimony relating to the death of the Military Deceased
*The right of a Bereaved Military Family to subpoena witnesses
*The right of the Bereaved Military Family to have all records, proven to be inaccurate, false or unsupported, to be permanently removed from the official record of the Military Deceased
There is an increasing number of military families being put in the position of having to investigate their loved ones death. Amassing evidence that includes, witness statements, forensic/crime scene reconstruction and medical reports, these military families have no unbiased, independent forum in which to present evidence and challenge a flawed investigation.
The Bill of Rights for Bereaved Military Families can change this injustice!
Please sign the petition and show your support.
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