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I'm going to assumed that your mother has never actually met your stepdad and that they met online.
The reason that I'm assuming this is that every expense you are talking about is fake. The U.S. Army does not require military members to ever pay for their vacation or for their medical bills. When we see people being asked to pay for these things, it means only one thing. They are being scammed by a person pretending to be a military member out of the country of Africa, where this scam began.
So, you have not been cheated and lied to by the U.S. Army. You're being cheated and lied to by a network of scam artists in Africa.
The reason that you know it is a scam is based on the money they are asking for, which clearly demonstrate an ignorance of the U.S. military system.
Once again, soldiers NEVER have to pay for leave. They either have leave available and can freely take it, or they don't have any available and can't take it. There is no such thing as the ability to pay for leave. Family members NEVER pay for a soldiers medical expenses. We have the best insurance in the world, which pays 100% of all medical expenses, no matter how high. It is not different for CSM or any other rank.
Your statements have confirmed to me that they met online. This is absolutely a scam.
Getting pictures, names, letterhead, all of those things are easy for a computer scammer. These photos almost certainly come from the hacked account of an actual soldier that no longer has control of that account, or more likely, the scammers stripped the account and then closed it and opened another one with all the pictures they needed. You can go get DOD letterhead right now online. It's not hard to find.
I'm sorry. She needs to report this issue to whichever agency in your country deals with fraud. We have been dealing with this scam extensively in our own country for over a decade.
Those are names tied to scams. That is not a real department in the Army.
Here is a website showing that CSM Catherine Davies name has been used in relation to these scams.
I will be leaving now to take my dog to the vet. I'll be back if you have further questions, but do not send anymore money to these people. She is being scammed. I am 100% certain of this fact
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