Women vets are encouraged to suppress their feelings and not appear “weak.” This leads to isolation and an absence of support.
“We Believe You” should be read by parents, high-school seniors, college personnel, and law-enforcement (both police and prosecutors). It needs to be placed in college and university bookstores, including those schools featured as being on the wrong side of this public epidemic.
Female vets must be recognized as contributing members of society, with valuable abilities and talents to bring into their communities.
When you see the graphic that the suicide rate has increased 150 percent among veterans since 2001, you know that something is desperately wrong with how the country is handling the needs of veterans.
The scab of 9/11 may have fallen away, but the scar which remains has in no way faded with time.
Would anybody enlist if they knew a court ruling had put forth, “Rape is an occupational hazard of military service.”
Girls Like Us presents a dual story thread. One is Lloyd’s personal narrative; the other is a primer on what trafficked American girls are up against.
StJohn is very clear that emotional issues around military service must be resolved before women can move forward. “We acknowledge the impact of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
A consistent theme is the ambivalence of being caught between the desire to move forward and a need to stay connected to the past.
“It is estimated by veteran suicide counselors that perhaps as many as three times as many veterans have taken their own lives than the number who died in the Vietnam War.”