US: Soldiers now protected from losing custody

The House of Representatives passed an amendment Wednesday that aims to prevent soldiers deployed to war from permanently losing custody of their children because of the absence. Republican Rep. Mike Turner offered the amendment after reading an Associated Press story that revealed that service members with custody of their children before deployment have returned home to see temporary changes become lasting and losing their children because of their duty. The amendment, passed by voice vote as part of a defense policy bill, would reinstate the custody arrangements of a soldier's children in place before the soldier left for war. It would provide an exception for temporary orders issued in the best interest of the child. "This additional protection is needed to provide them peace of mind that the courts will not take away their children because they answered the country's call to service," Turner said.