A lawyer who claims she did not make the decision to go to the prestigious U.S. Military Academy of Medicine and Dentistry has admitted to leaving the military to take her dental training.
Karen A. Smith, who teaches at the U.N. Children’s Fund in New York City, filed a complaint with the military in September, claiming she was denied a promotion because she was pregnant.
Smith had been scheduled to begin her residency at the academy in February, but a month before the deadline, she was told by the academy’s medical staff that she would not be able to finish her residency and would have to wait until the end of 2019.
The complaint also alleges that she was “forced to participate in unnecessary physical and mental stress” by being “subjected to unnecessary medical and dental examinations.”
Smith said she initially considered taking the military’s medical school in California because of the proximity of her family, but after being told she would have only six months to complete her residency, she decided to enroll in the prestigious institution.
She said she was not able to attend her first class, because she had to take a month off from school.
Smith told CBS News that she left the military because she couldn’t afford to continue teaching at a hospital and wanted to continue her career.
She was offered a position as a nurse at the United Nations Children’s Program in New Orleans, but she said she declined.
She had a successful residency at Yale University and worked in a clinic, but when she left, she found that her dental program had been cut by half.
Smith said that she spent months preparing to leave the military.
She spent about a year at a dental clinic in California before deciding that the time had come to seek treatment for the condition that causes her to have a condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“I felt that the only way to help my daughter would be to go through the VA, which is a very different treatment, and that I would then get access to a program that would help her,” she said.
Smith’s daughter, Samantha, told CBS that the military has not provided her with any information about her daughter’s case and that she believes her mother is lying.
“They just don’t want us to know what’s going on, that she’s going through,” Samantha said.
“She just said to me that her mother told her that her father said she should not have gone to the academy, but her father is the one who made that decision,” Samantha added.
Smith also told CBS news that she received a phone call from a senior enlisted member of the medical staff telling her she would be placed on administrative leave and told that her daughter would need to be transferred to another facility.
She also told the news station that her wife has been “stunned” by the military decision.
“My husband is really upset,” Smith said.
“She told him, ‘You’re supposed to be a good parent.
You should have known better.
The academy said in a statement that it has not yet received any complaints related to Smith’s situation and that it is working with her family to ensure that they receive appropriate support.”
Smith said her husband has not been able to communicate with her and she has been unable to meet with her daughter since the matter was brought to their attention.
The academy said in a statement that it has not yet received any complaints related to Smith’s situation and that it is working with her family to ensure that they receive appropriate support.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.