July 26th, 2008 by Glenn Sacks
ABC in Chicago just did a piece about Army Sergeant Joshua Hinkle, who is battling the state of Illinois over child support while he is stationed in Iraq. I helped one of the ABC producers with the story, and I think they did a good job in explaining Hinkle's side.
Like most so-called "deadbeat dads," Hinkle hasn't been perfect, but he hasn't been bad either. He had a child when he was in high school, and it took him a little while to begin paying child support. He also had problems paying child support during periods of unstable employment.
On the other hand, he has paid a considerable amount of child support and made an honest effort to eliminate his arrearages. It's real hard to see how it benefits his children to have Illinois Division of Child Support harassing him like this. It's also hard to see how it's fair to him.
From Fighting for his country fighting against Illinois (7/23/08):
It is a story of fractured families, empty bank accounts and missing money.
When the I-Team received an email from Army Sergeant Joshua Hinkle a few weeks ago, it first caught our attention because it was sent from Camp Bucca in Iraq.
The soldier wrote that he was suffering a great injustice: the state of illinois, he claimed, had cleaned out his entire bank account for child support.
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A collective thank you to Glenn for working on this story...
And for Lizzianthus007 for bringing the original Story to my attention..