General John Parker is the Keynote Speaker at today’s Fatherless Day Rally, in Springfield. Parker is working to reform the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) when it comes up for reauthorization in 2010. The VAWA was signed into law in 1994 by then-President Bill Clinton and provides money to the states to assist in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against women. Parker believes that despite its good intentions, VAWA's impact has been the break-up of families and has directly impacted him, by preventing him from seeing his son. "I'm not asking to get rid of VAWA," Parker said. "We need VAWA, but VAWA is broken."