U.S. Marines Master Sgt. Aarond Roloson and his wife say the military discriminated against them by refusing to allow his family to join him in Okinawa.
The Rolosons say a Naval military screening board on Okinawa erred when it found two of the couple's five children have medical needs that cannot be accommodated on the Japanese island, Stars and Stripes reported. As a result, Roloson is now in Japan while his wife, Christina, and their five children remain in the United States.
The couple say the decision that Daniel, 16, and his sister, Brenna, 13, are "not suitable for service" has no merit.
"I accept that there are going to be separations from my family for deployments and training -- it's a part of the job," Aarond Roloson said. "But now we'll be apart for no reason."
Last year, at the recommendation of a pediatrician, Christina Roloson had Daniel and Brenna evaluated. The two are biological siblings adopted from foster care by the Rolosons.
Both were diagnosed with ADHD, Daniel with mild autism and Brenna with anxiety disorder. But the evaluator said they needed no treatment beyond the love and support of their family.
Christina Roloson told Stars and Stripes that if she had not been a conscientious parent the family would have been allowed to accompany her husband to Okinawa.