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.

Jim Hodges
Jim Hodges

Got it right.

Larry Jolley
Larry Jolley

As a former Veteran I am Proud that our Women stand tall within the Services of our Country.

Davis Allen
Davis Allen

I, m a veteran of WW11, Korea and, Nam. There were not to many women in the service when I retired from the Navy in 1966, but things sure have changed since then.. MORE POWER TO THEM.

Paul Bergeron
Paul Bergeron

Gender should not play a role on what woman do while serving. They are just as capable and have pride just as much as any male serviceman.They woman that were in the unit thaqt worked in my unit were good soldiers.

Michelle Truffin Molloy

Thought there were more women enlisted. That's ok though, let's make sure they get what they need!

Venus Marie Glancy
Venus Marie Glancy

I served in the U.S.Army,(91/2yrs.), when we women were not exactly wecome, and it was alot harder on us, as we were not accepted, as female soldiers, we were more like fresh meat.I have taught my chidren, that all peoples are equal, and should be respected, and treated as such.Iam proud of our men, and women, who have hosen to serve.Thank You, for your service to our Great Country.

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