Matthew Tate of Lakewood CA, A US Navy Reserve Petty Officer First Class, Marine Corporal, and Army Reserve officer (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mathew-tate/37/a24/14) seems like an honest man.
But a secret from his past sullies Matthew's illustrious Military career, and his name as a good man. In 1990, Matthew Tate fathered a child. In two decades, Matthew has never payed child support to the mother.
Megan was born on May 9, 1991. Her mother raised her by working 2 jobs during the time she was pregnant, supporting her child and herself without any assistance from the father, until recently when he has weaseled his way back into the life of Megan and her mother, as a "friend" who may or may not do the occasional favor for Megan or her mother, and always feels he is owed "Respect" and "Gratitude" for his insignificant gestures of self-serving kindness. [continued below]....
..... I myself have friends and family in branches of the Military, and have always been told that members of the military and their commanding officers take refusal to pay child support very seriously.
Matthew has continued to be peripherally involved in Megan's life. Typical of many deadbeat dads, Matthew makes promises to Megan he has no intention of keeping. He does the occasional favor to keep himself in good graces with the family (like minor repairs to Megan's 1996 Honda Accord, with over 300,000 miles on it.) Matthew promised to help Megan purchase a new car; even offered to buy her one outright, but just never seems to have enough money to fulfill his promises. Even simple things, like asking her father to put her on his cellphone plan, Matthew "just can't afford" the $100 fee to do.
However, Matthew has found the time and capital to launch his own "Alternative Fuel Development" company he claims is working with Dodge, collects pension from The Navy after 10 years of duty, and owns a Custom Truck shop called "Go Big Garage" in Lakewood, CA.
It is an issue of pride for the mother to refuse to follow up on this matter herself. After all, she raised her daughter, with little to no support from the father for two decades, and believes she is "protecting his family" by keeping silent. It is out of concern for Megan, her basic medical coverage, and her family that I am submitting this report. I do not mean to drag a good man's name through the mud, but I cannot idly stand by and watch a man who lectures others about the "Respect" he is owed, continue to use a mother and child he has refused to support for 20 years of his life.