Hello Friends,

I know that the last posts have been very strange and I apologize.  I admit, I am having troubles with my 50% disability rating.  Not that they gave me a 50%…I am thrilled about that.  I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

I am coming to understand that in some ways this is a lot like medical malpractice.  A physician is negligent.  The patient is harmed.  The harm to the patient is a direct result of the physician’s negligence.  The physician has to pay.

I finally took responsibility – I filed an EO complaint.  They took my job, my paycheck, my retirement, my medical care…they took my life.  They took my life.  It sounds overly dramatic, but I’m not kidding.  When I was in the Army – if you cut me – I would bleed green.  I LOVED the Army.  Even after Clarence and even after Jerk.  I still loved the Army.  I didn’t blame the Army for the actions of those two individuals.  I still love the Army…after it all.  I miss it.

However, if someone had simply taken the responsibility and done their job I would not be in the situation I am in.  If someone had properly investigated Jerk and not just thrown me under the bus I would not suffer the way that I suffer today.  If someone had said, “Hey…I think that Clarence is doing bad things to Joan” then I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Didn’t happen.  Even when I did it right.  The things that happened did not happen in a vacuum.  Other people saw..other people knew.

The NCO’s and Officers who were supposed to be responsible were negligent.  Their negligence has caused me great harm. 

The attempted bombing in Times Square this weekend is all the rage in the news, as it should be.  The news talked to the Vietnam Vet who called police.  I heard him say – “See Something…Say Something.”

I think this is important for all of us.  People saw…they kept their mouths shut.  Even when I screamed at the top of my lungs for justice.

See Something….Say Something

See Something….Say Something

Don’t leave a brother or sister out there all alone.  The sanity you save may be your own.  Today – they are the target…tomorrow – it may be you.




2 Responses to “Responsibility”

  1. bookwitchery Says:

    Joan, my dear, I am a bit short on words at the moment, but I just wanted to say:
    I hear you.
    If I could wave a magic wand and make it all go away for all of us, I would.

    Instead, all I can do is weep, pray, and say, “I hear you. You are not alone.”

  2. enemyinthewire Says:

    Thank you….believe it or not, that helps more than all the money int he world!

    I think that we would love to make it all go away. Not just what we as survivors have suffered, but make all the world’s injustice go away.


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