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Navy: Suicidal sailor's family no longer faces immediate eviction

By William Cole

LAST UPDATED: 04:46 p.m. HST, Aug 29, 2012

The Navy said today it is continuing to work with a Pearl Harbor sailor’s family and a military housing contractor to resolve an eviction notice received by the family after the sailor reportedly threatened to kill himself at home and a standoff with police ensued.

“Bottom line — the family is not facing immediate eviction,” said Navy Region Hawaii in a statement e-mailed today to the Star-Advertiser. “We've been working with the family and providing assistance to them since the incident, and we're working closely with Forest City to help everyone involved.”

The Navy did not provide any details as to how long the family would be allowed to remain in their Radford Terrace military home.

“They (the Navy) have been in contact with me, but they have not told me that they had changed the minds of Forest City at all. As far as I know, I still have 45 days to be out,” said Melissa Carter, the sailor’s wife.

Three days after Chad Carter, a sonar technician on the destroyer USS Chung-Hoon, threatened to cut his wrists at the home on Aug. 14, according to his wife, housing contractor Forest City Residential Management sent the family a letter saying they had 45 days to move out.

Carter, a 36-year-old who has been in the Navy for 18 years, lives in the four-bedroom townhouse with his wife and their three children, ages 10, 5 and 10 months. The 5-year-old has autism, Melissa Carter said.

Chad Carter now is in a civilian post-traumatic stress center in California and will be there for at least four weeks receiving care, she said.

Melissa Carter said with the uncertainty of finding replacement housing, she enrolled her 10- and 5-year-old boys in school in Florida, where she has family, “to have some stability” while trying to figure out where to live in Hawaii.

She wants to stay in the Radford Terrace home the family has been in since June of 2011, but not if it only means a 30- or 60-day extension.

“I’m here with three young children trying to move a whole household’s worth of goods, basically by myself, (and) I don’t even know where yet,” she said.

She said she believes the Navy is trying to help her family, but, “I feel like the Navy doesn’t have control over Forest City, and that’s the part that just boggles my mind, because I really thought that the military still was the final say about these things.”

“We understand the difficulties this family is facing,” Navy Region Hawaii said. “We are all working together to keep the family informed every step of the way, and we will ensure they are offered all available options.”

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ghstar wrote:
This illustrates the enormous difficulty in establishing a coherent Service-wide policy with regard to care and treatment of soldiers and sailors suffering from some kind of PTSD. The sailor's CO gets it, and so probably does most of the Navy. But the housing contractor was probably never included in the plan and clearly doesn't get it. What could be more disturbing to a military member than learning that his family is going to be put out of the home while he is in PTSD treatment and unable to even be there to help them? It doesn't take too much smarts to figure out that evicting the family is a bad idea. Shame on Forest City. It's clear that caring for the military people they serve is not their first priority.
on August 29,2012 | 04:00PM
bender wrote:
Come on, the guy is a sonarman on a ship, he's never been confronted wtih combat and all those things that bring about PTSD. I'm speaking on this subject as a retired navy person. Those of us that served on destroyers and other surface ships just didn't face the same stressful situations that our soldiers and marines face.
on August 30,2012 | 05:42AM
mrluke wrote:
You have a point, although bluntly put. The PTSD seems to be overstated for the purpose of the story. But, people in all walks of life go through job stress and family issues that can push some of them to call out for help. We don't know exactly what this sailor was dealing with, and frankly, I don't need to know. I just hope that he gets the treatment he needs and his family is left out of the public glare.
on August 30,2012 | 08:29AM
Compassionate_Cat wrote:
We must do more than just rid ourselves of people we think have too many problems. What a lack of compassion! This man has served our country and deserves to be treated with dignity. I pray he can heal and things improve for them and their family. It's tough these days, add to it what the military life adds in stress and war time, it's too much for many. This was not a dignified way to treat this family, to kick them out.
on August 29,2012 | 04:04PM
sak wrote:
This man was not a threat to anyone but himmself in this "Police Incident". He wasn't a suicide bomber with an explosive lined vest on, or even a gun, just a knife, placed on his own wrist. Where the neighborhood or anyone near could have been hurt or even killed. For God's sake, he was only threatening to cut his wrists to end his misery. Just a human being who needed help. Hands should be slapped and reprimands should proceed for everyone involved in putting this family thru this added misery. It should have never happened, this is America.
on August 29,2012 | 04:28PM
Living_Large wrote:
At least not this time....... Hopefully he doesn't have another episode then go "Timothy McVeigh" on the neighborhood. :-0
on August 29,2012 | 05:51PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
"Lighten up, Francis."
on August 30,2012 | 05:48AM
808comp wrote:
Don't think this is right the way that this family is being treated. For all you others that are living there can be just as dangerous, and not have the same condition as this Navyman.Shame on these people.
on August 29,2012 | 04:29PM
FrankieT wrote:
Your statement makes no sense at all. I don't know what you are trying to say. Shame on these people, what people are you talking about. You need to proof read what you write before posting.
on August 29,2012 | 05:06PM
sak wrote:
It makes perfect sense to me. That this should not have happened. That everyone has stresses throughout their own lives. And what happened to Chad Carter, being in the military, or just John Doe your neighbor Car Salesman, can snap at any moment. Everyone has their limits, some more than others. And Shame on these Lo-Lo's who caused this family more stress. Also, everyone makes mistakes, and no one is perfect on this planet, they just think they are.
on August 29,2012 | 05:36PM
iwanaknow wrote:
So.............the power of SA when they shined their spotlight on this challenge ya?
on August 29,2012 | 04:32PM
BRock wrote:
The neighbors should be asked if they feel comfortable living next to this unstable character.
on August 29,2012 | 06:00PM
sak wrote:
Why? If they are sooo... afraid, let them move if they cannot handle the stress. They should be giving compassion and help thy neighbor in need. They may express their feeling and thoughts of the situation, but have no power over it, other than to move if they feel uncomfortable.
on August 29,2012 | 06:30PM
kennysmith wrote:
he needs a lot of help i want some one in the nave to give him the help he needs.
on August 29,2012 | 06:41PM
kennysmith wrote:
he needs the big help from the navy, he needs the help.
on August 29,2012 | 06:43PM
LadyNinja wrote:
Yeah but folks, this is Forest City. I have heard, mind you, only heard of incidents such as this and the mismanagement of many places.
on August 29,2012 | 07:35PM
lee1957 wrote:
Crank up the rumor mill, that's productive. You are in good company, after all, Harry Reid heard Mitt was dodging his taxes.
on August 29,2012 | 07:40PM
kaleofkaneohe wrote:
The Navy needs to step up and do more. The Secretary of Defense has stated that it is a priority to work with service members who have problems, even if they are suicidal - especially if they are suicidal. If the vendor is not able to see this, we do have a great problem that should be immediately escalated to someone/some level of command that DOES have the authority. If it is not the local command, then where next?
on August 29,2012 | 07:40PM
808Nate wrote:
So Forrest City who manages military housing wants to evict this family and put them out on the local economy because of the neighbors who by the way are also military? IMO, the other neighbors are probably more informed of PTSD than the average citizen living on the local economy. So basically, Forrest City is saying...sorry, we don't want your problem, let the State of Hawaii worry about HPD being called to this person residence. Can we see a lawsuit here? Hopefully, this person is receiving the care he requires and hope the Navy is assisting his wife and family. BTW, I think folks at Forrest City are watching to much NCIS.
on August 29,2012 | 09:24PM
sohappy2beme wrote:
Nice way to say thank you for 18 years of service to our country. Don't be human and get PTSD after all you've been through because while you are away receiving treatment, we will kick your family to the curb. If Forest City wants to evict them, then the military should have an immediate home available on base where there is no chance of eviction.
on August 29,2012 | 10:16PM
mokebla wrote:
If it wasn't for the military Forest City wouldn't exsit. I say out with Forest City, can you say aloha with me. :-O!
on August 30,2012 | 04:34AM
redneckMT wrote:
Way to show ALOHA Forest City! Shame on you.
on August 30,2012 | 05:36AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Those of us who have served in the military, and particularly in the Navy, know how uncaring and callous it can be when one of it's members experiences difficulties, especially when family dependents are concerned. I believe that the ONLY reason the Navy has performed for the Carters is because of the public outcry. But no long-term solutions have been placed on the table. The method to the Navy's madness is to offer a short-term solution in hopes that the story will get "buried" in time, then once again leave this poor family out to dry. One thing I learned in the military: No matter what they say they can't do for whatever reason, they CAN do if they have the POLITICAL WILL. Apparently, this enlisted man and his family aren't worth the humbug. Public pressure must continue to be brought to bear on the Navy to ensure this family's wellbeing. How sad that the Navy cannot and WILL NOT take care of it's most vulnerable service members and his family. How morally corrupt.
on August 30,2012 | 05:36AM
chayna96 wrote:
Until the military member has been treated properly for PTSD or whatever might be the condition, Forest City and the Navy need to resolve any difference of opinions/interpretations for qualifications for continued housing of the Carter family. I say keep the Carter family in Military housing until a determination is made whether or not Carter poses a threat to other occupants of Military housing units. And again here we are having "civilians" telling the DoD what to do or how to act! God be with the Carters.
on August 30,2012 | 10:46AM
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on August 31,2012 | 02:49AM
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