March 2, 2009

Mom called to duty brings kids along

A North Carolina mom who reported for active duty in the Army with her two young children in tow was told Monday she will be discharged, a TV station reported.

Lisa Pagan had been ordered to report to Fort Benning, Ga., four years after being released from active duty. The stay-at-home mom contends she has no one to care for her children, ages 3 and 4, because her husband is on the road frequently in his job -- and says several appeals she filed over a period of months fell on deaf Army ears before Monday, WWAY-TV in Wilmington, N.C., reported.

It was not yet clear whether Pagan, who had been honorably discharged after serving seven years in the Army, would receive an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions, the TV station said.

They're probably not going to be happy I brought them (her children), Pagan told WBTV-TV in Charlotte, N.C., prior to leaving for Fort Benning.

I asked them (the Army) do you really expect him to lose his job and nobody would give me an answer, she said.

Hopefully they'll discharge me for parenthood when I get there. I don't know how they're going to react, they may tell me to just go home.