Joshua Tonsor

Illinois DCFS Discriminates Veteran

My name is Joshua Tonsor and I am an Illinois veteran who served his country twice in Iraq and was honorably discharged from service. I am a full time student at Illinois Central College trying for an engineering degree, a proud father of a baby son and soon a little baby girl, I am an active member in the VA in peoria Illinois, and an active member in my church community. Currently I am undergoing an appeals process with Illinois DCFS. An investigation done by DCFS investigator Mel Devall, at the Pekin field office, was indicated against me for substantial risk to harm to my child Nikolas. During my review of the DCFS investigation report, one of the factors that played a major part in the findings was that i am a veteran. One statement in the report states that " Due to the special training Joshua Tonsor received in the military makes him a substantial risk to harm to his Ex and his child". Also their allegations of myself having PTSD (post tramadic stress disorder) that the case was also based upon. The investigator Mr. Devall was presented two letters by my Psychologist stating that i am mentally able and stable to provide and care for my son, also the letters state that i do not have anger management issues or PTSD. Not only is this an act of discrimination against me but against all veterans who have served in our nation's armed forces, It is illegal. To state that a person is a dangerouse risk because he is a veteran is the highest disrespect that myself, fathers, mothers, family, friends, and pillars of our community can ever receive for doing our duty to our country, its people, and our families. I should be able to hold my head up high and proudly say i am a veteran but instead i am forced to cower in shame because DCFS treats my service like a scarlet letter. I am writing this article with a broken heart, and love for his child who he misses, and the pain that i feel. I can not ever get back the time i lost with my son or erase the pain i have felt, but i can speak out against this atrocity and encourage other to speak out as well. For those of you that have read this article thank you for hearing my voice and your support is much appreciated for it gives me courage to struggle on. Thank You

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Scary Spider says ... on Friday, Dec 28 at 6:15 PM

Rhymes with my name I feel ya.

alan says ... on Wednesday, Mar 28 at 10:51 AM

dcfs is doing the same to me.

wally says ... on Wednesday, Sep 14 at 10:42 AM

like to hear how the expungment appeal turned out and more about Jay Rammelkamp.

Darryl McGinty says ... on Tuesday, May 31 at 12:39 PM

In response to the Question asked by Maxim Magazine "What is the worst thing about rising unemployment?" Mr. Rammelkamp answered (and I quote) " IT GETS HARDER TO HAVE SEX WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND WITH HER HUSBAND HOME ALL THE TIME!"

Darryl McGinty says ... on Tuesday, May 31 at 12:36 PM

I must add something I just found. As my case goes to preliminary hearing today, here is a Statement made in a public forum by the Attorney for the Dept. of CHILDREN and FAMILY services.His name is Jay RammelKamp of Springfield office

Darryl McGinty says ... on Friday, May 27 at 1:12 PM

PLEASE anyone that can help, or is facing this same B.S. persecution, by these self righteous liars,get ahold of me. Again my number is (309) 573-3790 my email is ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY, and they THINK they have it!

Darryl McGinty says ... on Friday, May 27 at 1:08 PM

It's time to investigate the "investigators." give them a personal stake in this. Make them realize that thier lies and manipulation of a system that was once designed to help families and now destroys them WILL come back to bite them PERSONALLY!!

Darryl McGinty says ... on Friday, May 27 at 1:06 PM

This is becoming a trend! ANYONE thats been through this PLEASE get ahold of me. It's time to unite and put a stop to liars who think just because they got a degree in social work they know it all and are all powerful with no supervison or oversight!

Darryl McGinty says ... on Friday, May 27 at 1:01 PM

I am also a victim of the same type of "investigation" Put on by a woman named Sherry Worrall at Tazewell DCFS. She is a biased liar. I am a single disabled father, raised my boys myself since they were babies, now under attack. 309-573-3790 call me!

jtonsor1982 says ... on Thursday, Feb 17 at 7:21 PM

tell me about it because of all this i can not spend the time i want to with my son or take him places

mamoo9 says ... on Sunday, Feb 13 at 10:11 AM

first, thanks for service to this country! my husband is a veit-nam vet. and he had a lot of prombles when he came in coutry. but not once did he ever hurt our daughter, or me. the dcfs, goes a lot of place they have no bussiness, placeing there nose

momov5 says ... on Friday, Feb 11 at 8:05 AM

that is ridiculous! The same office can leave a 10-yr-old with her mother even though the step father drags her up the stairs by her ankles beating her head against the steps and both mom and step dad cannot pass drug tests, yet are doing this!!!

Lori says ... on Friday, Feb 11 at 12:20 AM

DCFS is always on the mother side and it is very sad what they are doing to you and it isn't right at all and the dr says you are very harmless this is bull and not right what so ever and I think they need to check out the moms. wake up DCFS

jtonsor1982 says ... on Friday, Feb 11 at 12:07 AM

if anyone wishes to contact me my e-mail is

jtonsor1982 says ... on Friday, Feb 11 at 12:03 AM

thank you all for your words of encouragement

Uncle Sam's Mistress says ... on Thursday, Feb 10 at 9:11 AM

Unfortunately, this happens all the time to some veterans and families. Hopefully Barristers for the brave will help you. If not, I hope this story reaches someone who can. Good luck and we are rooting for you. Severe PTSD and TBI Army Wife

Jared says ... on Thursday, Feb 10 at 1:05 AM

If u have problems feel free to contact me at I know people in good places. Thank you for your service.

Jared says ... on Thursday, Feb 10 at 1:03 AM

I am a soldier..Iraq vet....and I think whomever is controlling the systems of ur life and ur children need 2 reevaluate what they r doing. Maybe they should do some time in a warzone before they compare you 2 a serial killer. Keep me Informed.

jtonsor1982 says ... on Wednesday, Feb 9 at 11:42 PM

so as it seems that because i sacrificed for my country i am an evil man that should be punished for doing his duty for his country but with everyone's support i will continue to fight not just for me but all veterans

jtonsor1982 says ... on Wednesday, Feb 9 at 11:39 PM

the bad part also is that because of all of this the courts in tazewell county allowed an order of protection against me to be granted to my ex and part of the decision was made because of dcfs and the other because of the possibility of ptsd

jtonsor1982 says ... on Wednesday, Feb 9 at 11:36 PM

i do not have a lawyer because i cannot afford one at the time and i am awaiting the findings of the expungment appeal to the dcfs. the bad part is also that my ex put an order of protection against me and the courts allowed it ....

Liz Hershley says ... on Wednesday, Feb 9 at 11:10 PM

Do you have an attorney? Contact me at My non-profit helps vets with legal issues. Check out Barristers for the Brave on Facebook.

april says ... on Wednesday, Feb 9 at 9:38 PM

Love ya bro I still can't believe they did this to u. U could never hurt a fly ur one of the sweetest dads I know.keep ur head up we all love u

jtonsor1982 says ... on Wednesday, Feb 9 at 3:27 PM

i hope this does not happen to others and i will do what i can to help stop it from happining again

jtonsor1982 says ... on Wednesday, Feb 9 at 3:20 PM

I know it is bull and i thank you for your support

andrea says ... on Wednesday, Feb 9 at 10:32 AM

this is very disturbing. i hope things get better for you and i hope this doesnt become an issue for others. i am a wife of a soldier n we have 2 boys. i would hate for this to happen to us. best of luck you to my friend!! thanks for sharing

Tryna Jones says ... on Wednesday, Feb 9 at 2:50 AM

we need to talk I can help you and that is bull .

lindsayheinz says ... on Monday, Feb 7 at 4:53 AM

I am sorry to hear your struggle. That is not fair.

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