A father’s brutal crusade for his daughter

Posted at 11:47 PM, Jun 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-18 01:28:36-04

(WTVR)--A Virginia father and Fort Lee soldier is in the middle of crusade that means the world to him.

Jeff Chafin began Father`s Day by marching from Fort Lee to Washington D.C. in an effort to bring his daughter home.

Chafin's daughter, Eris, is in Scotland right now with her mother, Lynn. A Federal District Court in Alabama turned Eris over to her mother.

Lynn used to live with Jeff in the United States, but she was deported after their separation.

She was deported in February, 2011 after being arrested on multiple occasions for public intoxication and domestic violence. Eris had been exclusively in her daddy's care after the mother’s last arrest.

Since Lynn took their daughter to Scotland, he`s been trying to educate the public about his fight. The situation, he says, is far too common in the military.

"After going through what I’ve gone through, not too many people are aware of,” Chafin.

When he reaches D.C., Chafin will hand deliver a bill to Capitol Hill, that if passed by Congress, would help protect the children of military service members from situations like his, he said.