Category Archives: Military

Female Soldiers and PTSD: “People Underestimate What These Women Have Been Through”

Damien Cave writes in the New York Times about female veterans with stress disorders, and the unique challenges they face upon returning home. Cave writes that never before has the United States witnessed so many female veterans affected by the … Continue reading

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Standing Up for Victims of Sexual Assault and Harassment

Senator Al Franken may be new to the U.S. Senate, but he’s trying to correct some old problems. He has introduced an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill, SA 2588, that would bar the Department of Defense from contracting with … Continue reading

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In Iraq, Female Soldiers Prove Old Assumptions Wrong

The New York Times series “Women at Arms” explores the expanding role of women in the military and the extent to which, especially in Iraq, women have become indispensible in all types of operations, showing along the way that they … Continue reading

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Revamping Medical Care for Female Veterans

An article from US News and World Report highlights an important aspect of the healthcare reform debate: overcoming the shortcomings of an already overworked VA hospital system that was designed for an all-male military. The article reports that the 8% … Continue reading

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Rep. Murphy Introduces Bill to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

As a follow up to our recent post on former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s public statements against the policy of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” we bring you good news from the U.S. Congress:  Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA, 8th District), … Continue reading

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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:” Still There, Still Wrong

Yesterday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and again called for the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy to be reviewed. We have blogged about the wrong-headedness of this policy before, here and … Continue reading

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The Effects of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on the U.S. Military

On March 19, 2009, Rachel Maddow interviewed Dan Choi, an infantry leader in the New York National Guard, on her MSNBC show. Choi graduated from West Point, served in Iraq, is an Arabic language specialist, and is gay. He openly … Continue reading

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Reports for Sexual Assaults on the Rise in U.S. Military

A report from the Pentagon for 2008 showed that sexual assault reports rose over 25% last year. While this rise seems shocking, Defense Department officials state that the increase is likely due to a growth in victim reports and not … Continue reading

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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Ready for a Re-write

The New York Times published an op-ed piece Sunday that provided a powerful argument for lifting the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the U.S. military. The policy, which developed out of a compromise in 1993, attempted to create a … Continue reading

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Domestic Violence and the Military

A disturbing article in this Sunday’s New York Times revealed one woman’s story of dealing with domestic violence through the military channels. We have recently blogged about sexual abuse in the military. Though these occurrences are highly upsetting, it’s encouraging … Continue reading

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