LTC Lakin was released from confinement on Friday. He has since given at least two interviews, this one with KMBC and this one with the Terry Lakin Action Fund Radio Hour.
In the Terry Lakin Action Fund Radio Hour interview, LTC Lakin indicates he’s considering waiving his appeal. (I understand that his appeal has already been docketed with ACCA, so he would actually have to withdraw his appeal.) He says the military appellate process takes 6 to 18 months (which is actually a conservative estimate). He indicates he’s considering the pros and cons of waiving his appeal, getting his DD-214, and moving on:
Right now, I’m on appellate leave, which means I’m still on active duty but not receiving pay and just no, no duties other than preparing for possible appeals. And the appellate process can take up to, you know, 6 months to 18 months. The other option would be to waive the appeal process and receive my DD 214, or discharge papers, and I would be separated immediately from the military and go on with my life with no other ties with the military.
In the KMBC interview, when asked about President Obama’s release of an additional birth record on 27 April 2011, LTC Lakin responds, “Had that been done sooner, I wouldn’t have — this whole ordeal would not have happened for me.” Yet he declares himself “at peace with what I did.” He adds, “I don’t know what else I could have done differently.” Hhhmmm, I can think of something.
There was a welcome home rally for LTC Lakin at BWI Airport Saturday morning to greet him upon his return from Kansas City, as described by the Terry Lakin Action Fund here. [Note, the TLAF’s estimate of 80 supporters appears to be roughly double the actual number.]
On the TLAF interview, which was aired on Friday, LTC Lakin also discusses his future plans:
When I get back to the family tomorrow, I want to spend some missed time with them and, you know, after, after a little while I do need t0 — or in the next few weeks, I need to look into reestablishing my medical license and, and seeking employment. I need to find a way to provide for my family and then I want to continue with some type of service to our country or to some faith-based organization or do what I can to still enjoy helping others. Certainly, certainly that’s a driving desire in myself.
LTC Lakin then discusses his desire to assist military prisoners:
I think there’s a population of valued Soldiers who are incarcerated and more needs to be done for them. I believe there’s a lot of talent and training that could have more productive means of — you know, a more productive outcome from them rather than just incarceration.
When asked about possible programs to assist military prisoners, he responds, “I read a little bit about what Charles Colson does and that just sounds like incredible work that needs to be done for our troops.”
Near the end of the interview, LTC Lakin said:
I enjoyed deployments. They were some of the best times of my life, too. I’m sorry I didn’t go on this one. I wished I could or I with I could go in the future, but –.