My Son Has Not Been Home for 3 Years

By Debra Liberty

This selfie of us was taken the last time Evan was home, in May 2014.

This selfie of us was taken the last time Evan was home, in May 2014.

Evan signed up for the Marine Corps early entry program while still in high school and left at 17 years old for boot camp. Served honorably 4 years and then decided to further serve our country working for Blackwater. We rarely saw Evan while he was stationed overseas with both the Marine Corps and contracts with BW. The longest time we didn't see him was 1 ½ years while Evan was working as a Marine Embassy guard at the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. All of his service to our country was by choice, he followed his passion.

Evan has served almost 2 ½ years in prison for a crime he did not commit. His life and future have been postponed indefinitely. Some opportunities have passed him by.

With hopes of becoming a Navy Seal Evan had talked with a Navy Recruiter in Special Operations when the case was dismissed. Then, he was sent to Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Portland, ME. They cleared him to go to training, but it would have to be after the appeal was finished. Now, at 34 years of age, he will not achieve this goal.

As difficult as this has been, I know Evan will come out a better person and go on to be successful in whatever the future holds.

Today, as we wait for results from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, we are hopeful for a good outcome. We welcome all thoughts, prayers, and letters from our Raven 23 supporters. You have been wonderful and we could not make it without all of you.

Still keeping the faith and know he will be home soon.