Let’s Study the Problem


Hey, Friends.

Well, President Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 into law.  I have read through the bill, although I paid a whole lot more attention to the summary.  I admit – some of the legaleeze is hard to comprehend.

Two things did stand out to me.  1.  They are training more Mental Health specialists to deal with the unique needs of Military Sexual Trauma Survivors.  2.  They are going to do a study regarding women veterans and their care at the VA.

You talk to almost any MST survivor, male and female, and we can tell you what the problems are.  You people in Washington DC do not need to do another study.  Take a few survivors out to dinner and get us talking – I prefer a nice sweet wine – and we will tell you everything you need to know.  Listen to us!  Lend us your ears!  Don’t just nod your head while you listen to the sounds of the ocean in your head while we talk to you.  Listen!

I complained.  I filed formal paperwork – which was my career’s death sentence.  My complaint went all the way up to the State offices.  I spoke with JAG.  I spoke with the civilian head of the EO department. 

Nobody did anything.  Everybody heard me…nobody listened to me.  Even the people who SAW things wouldn’t admit what they had seen.

Maybe…the best plan would be to find another way to handle Military Sexual Assault to begin with.  Truly, why not just find a way to FIX the problem instead of paying and training more people to handle the situation after the fact.  This is akin to hiring people to make sure the barn door closes AFTER all the horses escape but not making sure anyone has closed the door to begin with.

Let’s have a REAL zero-tolerance program – not just lip service.  Let’s teach our commanders and NCO’s know that if you don’t address a complaint it is the end of THEIR career – not the victims.  If a Company Commander stood up in front of the company and announced that all “n-word or s-word” had to stand in the back of the formation – that Company Commander would be in a lot of trouble.  However, that same Company Commander can refuse to address the concerns of a soldier being physically or  sexually assaulted and nothing happens to the Commander. 

Are you a taxpayer?  If you are your should be outraged.  That’s right – outraged.  The Federal Government is sending me a check every single month because an NCO and a Company Commander and a JAG officer and an EO officer did NOTHING when a valid complaint was brought before them.

Yup – one more case of putting out the “fire” after the “building” is laying in ashes.

Blessings,

Joan

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2 Responses to “Let’s Study the Problem”

  1. jayherron Says:

    My journey begins a little later today! I confide in you,I have only voted one time in my life-that time was a let down,and never since! It is my hope that the visit to Washington DC and meeting face to face with the Congress will make me see different,I hope.
    I am going there for many like us Joan-hurt and broken…an able to trust!
    Please pray for our journey-ours because it is yours and Brgits and Steves and Amando’s and Laura’s and so very very many others!
    peace

  2. enemyinthewire Says:

    You are always in my prayers…even more so since you are out on a “mission” for all of us who sit alone hoping to make things change.

    I understand the let down in voting. I think that for most of us we have heard all the pretty speeches in the world just to see that what the politicians were giving us was nothing but lip service.

    I am at a loss for how to make things change. It is funny that you are going to DC during “don’t ask don’t tell.” Funny only in an ironic way…after all…they certainly don’t ask and they don’t want us to tell anything about what happened to us.

    Joan

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