Kentucky Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has asked for privacy as he seeks joint custody of his daughter with Bristol Palin, and he refuted claims that he’s seeking child support.
A statement to the Herald-Leader released late Wednesday night said, “Dakota couldn't be more excited to be a new father. His priority is to be a part of Sailor Grace's life.
“Dakota appreciates his friends, supporters, and the media for respecting the privacy of each family during this very personal matter.”
The statement was released through Meyer’s attorney Craig L. McCloud, who has offices in Lexington and Columbia. Meyer grew up in Adair County.
McCloud said Meyer is not seeking child support at this time despite media reports to the contrary. As it makes custody decisions, the Alaskan court will also “make decisions regarding child support.”
“Mr. Meyer simply seeks to play an active role in his daughter's life,” McCloud said.
Meyer’s court filing hit the news Tuesday night, and Bristol Palin’s mother Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, told Entertainment Tonight that Meyer had “wanted nothing to do with either Bristol’s pregnancy or the baby.”
She accused Meyer of trying to “save face.”
Entertainment Tonight also reported that Bristol Palin’s representative David Martin said, “My values are such that a real American hero doesn’t ask for child support.”
Meyer was engaged to Bristol Palin, but the two broke up a short time before their scheduled May 23 wedding. Palin gave birth to Sailor Grace a few days before Christmas.
After Palin posted a photo on Instagram announcing the baby’s birth Dec. 24, Meyer tweeted “Best Christmas present ever!! I couldn’t be more proud of this little blessing.”
Meyer was given the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama during a September 2011 White House ceremony. Meyer was the first living Marine to get the recognition in nearly four decades. The corporal was honored for helping other Marines and soldiers ambushed by insurgents in Afghanistan.