Part 1 – The Military - A Death by “Friendly Fire”
We now know that it is a fact that Kathy was the victim of marriage fraud by US Army Specialist Isaac Goodwin. He married Kathy for the sole purpose of obtaining a housing allowance to replace money he had lost the previous month over an Article 15 for misappropriation of government funds. The financial benefit he targeted was called “Basic Allowance for Housing” (BAH) that soldiers become eligible for by marriage or other dependents and is often times obtained by fraud. Therefore this benefit is intended for housing the spouse and should have come to his/her spouse. Instead he pocketed the money until forced by the military to pay the money to her. Ironically the victim received only three partial payments the largest of which was received just 4 days before her death. Text messages show that even after being ordered to support his spouse, this soldier mentally and verbally fought her tooth and nail to not do so. In addition, by the act of the marriage itself the soldier became the benefactor of a $100,000 life insurance policy with no suicide clause that he eventually collected on it.
What occurred truly would fill a book and it consumed us in the first twelve months following Kathy’s death. We were embroiled in a fight against a military system for which we had no clue, (even as military retirees), of how to navigate it. A system, where the wagons are circled and compassion for the most part was false. At some point we were even faced with orders that went all the way up to the Pentagon to not talk to us about our own daughter’s death. This is the same Pentagon which just a few years before, her dad (the now deceased W. Joe Morris) was on his post during 9-11. What we as naïve parents, quickly and painfully discovered is that they are an organization that will protect its own at all cost and only want bad things to go away, especially out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina when it at times seems that murdering or abusing spouses, is the flavor of the month. https://militaryjusticeforall.com/
Prior to Kathy’s death things began to come to light during a January 3, 2012 conference that involved Sgt. Goodwin’s Commanding Officers, we the parents, the husband Sgt. Isaac Goodwin and Kathy herself. Using parental wisdom, the call was not for the benefit of her parents who knew the truth, nor the husband Goodwin who had continuously denied the truth but so that Kathy could finally hear the truth. At that point, after five months of marriage Goodwin had still failed to sign his spouse up for any spousal benefits. Again, no ID card, no DEERs enrollment, no dental, no commissary privileges, no medical and no financial support.
Sadly, a failure to respond appropriately led to the following email being sent on May 7, 2012. It read,,“ Major Wang, Sorry, but my daughter is now dead and we are planning her funeral. We just found out today that this soldier has $100,000 life insurance policy on her and has not in any way shape or form contacted us. He's known for days of her death which is under suspicious circumstances.
She threatened to go to the IG office and now somehow she's dead.
"No calls or condolences from the military. We're running from base to base trying to get our daughter buried...”
A few weeks later we started our quest for answers and I immediately traveled to the Fort Bragg Army Base where an Army investigation was allegedly launched. The following are just a few of the results from that report, better known as a “15-6 Investigative Report”. One person that I will never forget is a Col Glazier, whom I felt was a true friend whose hands were tied over the truth and his obligation to the military. He was the investigating officer for the military and I always felt that there was more than one version of that report. The real one and one he was ordered to give to us. When he handed me the 15-6 report he paused for a moment, looked me in the eyes, while hesitating to release the report into my hands and he said the following. “Ms. Morris I want you to read this report over and over again”. I got the message and reviewed the report thoroughly as he knew I would, and yes, we were disappointed. The report contained, to our dismay, sworn statements made by two senior level officers which were both erroneous and defamatory. The two officers according to Article 131 of the UCMJ had committed perjury in submitting as fact:
a) Statements that they did not know to be true.
b) Statements that they were not qualified to make.
c) Statements that were both false and misleading.
Our efforts to have this remedied were only met with being told the officers involved had been talked to about their misstatements. Our request to have the report corrected were ignored and we were told in essence, that it was not necessary because the report didn’t mean much because those involved now knew that there were errors in it.