Sandra Lee, who currently lives in Connecticut, was working in Civil Affairs in the Army Reserves when she deployed to Iraq in 2003, and it was there that a colleague attacked her in her room. After returning to the U.S. in 2004, she spent years struggling with the V.A. to get benefits and dealing with the aftermath of her assault.

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Sandra Lee, who currently lives in Connecticut, was working in Civil Affairs in the Army Reserves when she deployed to Iraq in 2003, and it was there that a colleague attacked her in her room. After returning to the U.S. in 2004, she spent years struggling with the V.A. to get benefits and dealing with the aftermath of her assault.

Photo by Gabriele Galimberti and Pietro Chelli/INSTITUTE

(via "Every time I tried to tell the truth…I was shut down" | MSNBC)

"President Obama will correct a historical act of discrimination next month when he awards the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest commendation for combat valor, to 19 Hispanic, Jewish and African-American veterans overlooked previously because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds."

Obama to award Medal of Honor to 19 overlooked minority service members - The Washington Post

This is pretty epic.

"Our instructor, he told us all it takes is everything you got, and it’s true… Once you are committed to a goal, you can make it if you put everything into it."

Pfc. Cristina Fuentes Montenegro, First female Marines to graduate infantry training: ‘It takes everything you got’ | Marine Corps Times | marinecorpstimes.com

firstwoman:

These are the first four women to complete a 59-day grueling infantry training course for the U.S. Marines. Fifteen women began the course; these four completed it, but only three will graduate since the fourth woman was too injured to complete the combat fitness course. 
CNN reported that the women won’t join infantry forces and instead will be assigned to non-combat roles. 
h/t Gawker, Business Insider
Photo: Instagram

firstwoman:

These are the first four women to complete a 59-day grueling infantry training course for the U.S. Marines. Fifteen women began the course; these four completed it, but only three will graduate since the fourth woman was too injured to complete the combat fitness course. 

CNN reported that the women won’t join infantry forces and instead will be assigned to non-combat roles. 

h/t Gawker, Business Insider

Photo: Instagram

A Measure to Curb Sexual Assault in Military to Be Cut From Bill - NYTimes.com

In a striking showdown between Senator Carl Levin, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and a member of his own party, Mr. Levin said on Tuesday that he would remove a measure aimed at curbing sexual assault in the military from a defense spending bill.

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Mr. Levin’s decision to support military brass in their resistance to Ms. Gillibrand’s proposal sets up a confrontation between a long-serving chairman of the committee with strong ties to the armed forces and a relatively new female member — one of a record seven women serving on the committee — who has made sexual assault in the military a signature issue.

Juana Summers: Sexual assault scandal becomes a Pentagon test

journosofcolor:

Politico || May 16, 2013

A burgeoning sex-abuse scandal in the military is emerging as a true test of whether the Pentagon can change its culture, stamp out a rampant ill and drag itself into the modern age.

related: The Invisible War is available on Netflix Instant.

StoryCorps: Julie Cyr | WABE 90.1 FM

Julie Cyr joined ROTC and made a commitment to the army in exchange for a full ride through college. She was 19 at the time and didn’t know what to expect of officer training. But on her first day, she met Benjamin Keating.

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In which a brilliant feminist Senator – New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand – stands up against rape and schools a U. S. General on how to do his job.

As we know, thousands of rapes are reported in the military each year, manifold more go unreported, and a female soldier in a combat zone is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.

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Women lived in germ-ridden camps, languished in appalling prisons, and died miserably, but honorably, for their country and their cause just as men did.

The untold stories of women who dressed and served as men in the Civil War

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Women lived in germ-ridden camps, languished in appalling prisons, and died miserably, but honorably, for their country and their cause just as men did.

The untold stories of women who dressed and served as men in the Civil War

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