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Call Center to Connect Low Income Veterans,
Active Military with Legal Services

More About President Barack Obama’s
Speech on Families
February 28, 2013
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Call Center to Connect Low Income Veterans, Active Military with Legal Services
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director,
Fathers and Families


The Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project and Capital University Law School are partnering to make it easier for Central Ohio’s low income veterans and active military personal to get legal assistance they might not otherwise be able to afford.

The Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Call Center at Capital University Law School opened this year as a partnership between the two organizations. The call center is providing referral information and brief legal advice and counseling when possible to low income veterans and active duty military personnel in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union counties.

The call center attempts to help connect financially strapped veterans and active duty service members with legal representation in areas of dispute spelled out in the Service Members Civil Relief Act, including debtor and creditor matters, domestic relations, and tenant rights. It is part of a growing effort across the United States to meet the legal needs of those who have served their country.

Contact: Mike Renner, Director, Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project [email protected], 877.759.6182.

If you are in Georgia, contact the State Bar of Georgia’s Military Legal Assistance Program.



More About President Barack Obama’s Speech on Families
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Chair of the Board,
Fathers and Families


Ned Holstein
Ned Holstein, MD, MS
Founder & Chairman of the Board
Some of our readers don’t like the fact we applauded President Obama for his recent speech recognizing the importance of fathers for their children. So let’s drill down on this subject a bit more.

The bottom line for me is that President Obama has gone from being 50% correct on this issue to being 60% correct in his recent Chicago speech. Far from perfect, but good enough that our best interests are served by applauding him and encouraging him to go further.

When President Obama took office in early 2009, his attitude towards fathers was exactly that of the “responsible fatherhood” folks. He valued fathers, and lamented their absence from the lives of so many children — especially his own father.

But he also lacerated fathers. In his first Father’s Day speech, at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side, he underscored the importance of fathers, but he also said, “They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men.” And, “We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child—it’s the courage to raise one.”

In other words, fatherhood is good, fathers are bad. Standard “responsible fatherhood” stuff. And Fathers and Families called him on it at the time.

So why do we applaud him now for his recent speech in Chicago? Because he inched a little bit in the right direction, recognizing the importance of fatherhood, while, for the first time, refraining from criticizing fathers. That’s why I say he moved from 50% to
60%, and why we want to encourage him to continue in that direction.


One last note. Whenever we write critically about a political figure, we get flak, and also when we applaud a political figure. Please remember that Fathers and Families is strictly non-partisan.

Some of our members are under the illusion that all our problems as a movement originate with liberals, or, for some, with conservatives. There are none so blind as will not see. Believe me, we have plenty of problems from both sides of the aisle. We applaud or criticize according to the merits, not according to the party.

Of greatest importance: let’s stop criticizing each other and march forward together.



Rally In Connecticut

A Rally is planned for Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Zandri's Stillwood Inn, located at 1074 South Colony Road, Route 5, Wallingford, Connecticut from 9:45am – 12:30pm.

The Rally is to support Bill No. 77 with other parents, grandparents, and those who would like to change the law in Connecticut as it relates to Shared/Equal Parenting, Parental Alienation, and the appointment of Guardian Ad Litems. Senator Fasano and other elected officials plan to be in attendance. There will be a press conference to invite hundreds to the Capitol in the upcoming weeks for a public hearing on Bill No. 77.

The Rally is organized by Fathers and Families member Jerry Mastrangelo who is still fighting to see his children.

Please let us know if you will be attending.
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Fathers and Families is a non-profit organization that is educating the public, families, educators, and legislators about the importance of shared parenting and how it can reduce conflict in children, parents and extended families. If you would like to get involved in our organization, you can do so several ways. First, we would love to have you as an official member of the Fathers and Families team. Second, Fathers and Families is an organization that believes in the importance of using social media as a means to spread the word about shared parenting and other topics, and you can visit us on our Facebook Page to learn more about our efforts. Last, we hope you will share this newsletter with other families using the many social networking sites so that we can bring about greater awareness of shared parenting. Thank you for your support.



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Fathers and Families improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting the child’s right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.



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