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Larry Holman
Larry Holman

Thanks to all my sisters in arms for their service to our beloved country.

Jarl Coomes
Jarl Coomes

The VA can not take care of the men! so I know the Women are in bad shape.

Julie Brooks Combs
Julie Brooks Combs

I am a retired Army Officer. I did see that in the community oddly it was in my own children's schools, more respect was given to a father in uniform of a student. I experienced some very negative behavior from other teachers and PTA mothers when my son was in middle school, like a resentment instead of the warm support displayed toward the male professional counterpart parents. Very odd.Thankfully not so much when he was in high school. Hopefully this will change in the future so that all...

I am a retired Army Officer. I did see that in the community oddly it was in my own children's schools, more respect was given to a father in uniform of a student. I experienced some very negative behavior from other teachers and PTA mothers when my son was in middle school, like a resentment instead of the warm support displayed toward the male professional counterpart parents. Very odd.Thankfully not so much when he was in high school. Hopefully this will change in the future so that all are respected and honored whatever the gender wearing and serving in uniform!

Barbara Johnson
Barbara Johnson

I have never had the honor of serving, but I have 3 sons who did in various wars. I say God bless all who serve. Isreal, Russia, China, ect. all have women serving, and look at the partisans who fought the Nazis and the Russians in the Balkins. Women deserve equal treatment, honor and respect because they can do what's asked of them. They prove it every day!

Nicky Nicholson
Nicky Nicholson

I am retired Air Force Security Forces. I entered 4 years after women were finally allowed to serve in the Security Police career field. I was the only female in many situations, training, and units. When my son talks about the weapons and gear I've carried... he states, "That's pretty bad ass, Mom!"

Kerry Moore
Kerry Moore

I support all that risk their life's for our freedom. God bless the brave men and women in the military

Deborah Harvey
Deborah Harvey

It wasn't easy serving my country as we were often viewed as window dressing or worse a liability...yet I outran every guy/girl in my platoon during daily training exercises because of my desire to do my personal best and received multiple awards for my exemplary attitude and proficiency as a soldier and a leader of my peers. I could and was often used to motivate the men to excel ("hell you going to let a little girl beat you?") and was often ostracized for my ability.

Gender roles are...

It wasn't easy serving my country as we were often viewed as window dressing or worse a liability...yet I outran every guy/girl in my platoon during daily training exercises because of my desire to do my personal best and received multiple awards for my exemplary attitude and proficiency as a soldier and a leader of my peers. I could and was often used to motivate the men to excel ("hell you going to let a little girl beat you?") and was often ostracized for my ability.

Gender roles are just as important today as they have ever been but there has been a major shift over the last few decades and one that needs to be addressed, remedied and refashioned to acclimate to the changes. Women have been forced into many roles by necessity and have realized they have much to offer our society. The military is an important part of those changes.

Although it has been over 30 years since I served...each time I go to the VA or run into a fellow soldier (male or female) I am so grateful to have been on active duty and so proud of the soldiers that continue to represent and protect our homeland. Whenever I have the opportunity to thank one I make it a point to do so because they need to know how grateful we are as a country for their service. Thank you to all soldiers active and inactive for your part in serving. Many blessings to them and their families!

Judy Atwood Bell
Judy Atwood Bell

I served for 20 years retiring as an Sr NCO in the Army. When I joined in '79 only 6% of the service was women.... We've come very far. I was proud to have served but it wasn't easy because of the misconceptions by so many. The VA struggles today but it was only a few years ago, it was worse. Instead of stating how horrible the care is, NOW is the time to raise our voices of what we need to anyone and everyone who will listen. The VA is our hospital and it is suppose to take care of us....

I served for 20 years retiring as an Sr NCO in the Army. When I joined in '79 only 6% of the service was women.... We've come very far. I was proud to have served but it wasn't easy because of the misconceptions by so many. The VA struggles today but it was only a few years ago, it was worse. Instead of stating how horrible the care is, NOW is the time to raise our voices of what we need to anyone and everyone who will listen. The VA is our hospital and it is suppose to take care of us. Just 3 years ago a Dr. called me MR. Bell. I was so shocked, I let him repeat this 3 times....He never applogized. I did tell the director. I volunteered to serve my country as did EVERY woman that has ever served. I did not volunteer for the harrassment that I experienced everyday that I served. Anyone who serves should ONLY be judged by the proficiency that they are able to complete their tasks.

Judy Atwood Bell
Judy Atwood Bell

Could you get it right about MST? There are more MEN who been sexually traumatized than women! This is a crime the must be obliterated! 1 in 100 men report being assaulted where it is 1 in 4 for women. Most men who are victimized are by other MEN. These disgusting perpetrators continue to do so because the commanders under UCMJ allow it to continue. The MST investigations must be taken completely out of the chain of command where the perpetrators can be duly processed and the...

Could you get it right about MST? There are more MEN who been sexually traumatized than women! This is a crime the must be obliterated! 1 in 100 men report being assaulted where it is 1 in 4 for women. Most men who are victimized are by other MEN. These disgusting perpetrators continue to do so because the commanders under UCMJ allow it to continue. The MST investigations must be taken completely out of the chain of command where the perpetrators can be duly processed and the information must remain easily on file so the victim may have access to it. After this crime is committed most men and women are revictimized by the 'undue' process of the commanders letting the perpetrators free and dismissing the veteran with a diagnosis of personality disorder and then they are unable to seek treatment for the debilitating PTSD one suffers from this whole process.

Glenda Funderburg
Glenda Funderburg

My daughter is a Veteran of Desert Storm. I am not sure how she would be treated at a VA clinic. Let me tell you she was a Navy Corpsman and did as well as her male counter parts and is suffering physically for it now.

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