By STEVEN LEE MYERS
American military women have changed the way the United States goes to war, without the disruption of discipline and unit cohesion that some feared.
NO WAY! You mean, women can fight in the military and do the SAME THINGS as men? What's next, gays in the military?
Despite the problems with this article, I'm glad the topic is getting a lot of coverage. My thoughts go out to my sisters in Iraq. They fight with courage each day, some giving their lives for our country, and many are harassed and victims of sexual assault
. Even though the article downplays it, it is a huge concern.
Let us not forget about LaVena Johnson
, and the HUNDREDS of women who have been sexually assaulted at military bases oversees. Let us not forget that women in Iraq who have been raped are shamed into silence and most rapes go unreported. Let us not forget that women who are raped often do not have access to counseling services, emergency contraception, or abortion. "As retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel, Ann Wright, noted, one in three women who join the military will be raped or sexually assaulted by servicemen. Of the 94 military women who died in Iraq or during Operation Iraqi Freedom, 36 died from injuries unrelated to combat. While a number of them were ruled as suicides and homicides, 15 deaths remain which smell of suspicion. For example, eight women from Fort Hood, Texas died of so-called “non-combat related injuries” at Camp Taji, three of whom were raped before their deaths."
Let us first and foremost be proud of our servicewomen but let us not forget what continues to happen in Iraq.