Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Yes, female vets get shot at AND they have PTSD too

This article below is about women in the military, and it doesn't really deal with domestic violence, but talks about a lot of the issues we’ve been discussing here in the Haven. If you read down to the end, it talks about women coming back from combat with PTSD, but when they go to the VA for help, they are asked – how could you have PTSD since we don’t have women in combat? The answer being – Congress says we don’t have women in combat, but the enemy in Iraq didn’t get that memo and they shoot at us just like they do the men. And some of these women devolve into self-destructive behavior, self-harming, homelessness, largely ignored by a society that doesn’t realize what they’re going through. Sound familiar?

But perhaps the most striking part of the story concerns a race for a seat in the House of Representatives in Illinois. The incumbent is Joe Walsh, not the guitarist but the politician, an extremist who is also a tax evader and a deadbeat dad who owes his ex $100,000 in child support. The challenger is Tammy Duckworth, a chopper pilot who lost her legs and the use of one arm in Iraq. Walsh’s reaction to Duckworth’s campaign? "What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran ... ehhh. Now let's move on." That’s a direct quote.


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