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Hi, I am Jo and this is my blog about my life. Here you will find entries on cooking, gardening, food safety and the interesting things happening in my search for an inexpensive and healthy way of living. My home is located in North Florida and I am relearning how to take care of myself at almost 50. This is the deep South so my garden and season may be a bit different than yours. I look forward to seeing what you have to say as time passes. Read on and have a beautiful day!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day and this afternoon people across the country will be having cook outs, going boating or simply enjoying a day away from the grind of employment. Many Americans will be going to prayer services and memorial events to remember those who have fallen in defense of our nation.

Me, I am somewhere in between. I have served as have many family and friends. The military gave me a strength of purpose and a belief in myself that prior to my enlistment was shaky at best. However, I am hesitant to remember my time in the service. Veteran's Day and Memorial Day are rough as they remind me of a time that is sometimes better and easier to forget. That was a time full of an innocent hope and promise. That hope and promise were tarnished by the actions of one man in a barracks room on Camp LeJeune.

Having had military sexual assault in the headlines has been hard for me lately. It is great to see that FINALLY it is being addressed but the asinine, ignorant and arrogant comments have been tough to endure. On discussion boards after articles on sexual assault, people posting, mainly men, have said everything from "Women don't belong in the military anyway....If they were not there it (sexual assault) would not happen." to "All humans are animals and men are programmed to procreate." WTF. I have served and have an honorable discharge to prove my service. My enlistment was not an automatic approval to be disrespected or assaulted for my gender. The amount of disrespect to women and outright dismissal of sexual assault on those boards turns my stomach.

Additionally, there are dismissive comments by vets and non vets alike about "liberal bias" and the "liberal agenda". Sexual assault has nothing to do with politics. Assault is about one person exerting his or her dominance over another. I am sure politics do not impact who a rapist decides to assault. Somehow there is always one person who has to play politics and spout anger when it simply does not apply.

I will continue to follow the news on sexual assault in the military and educate when possible. It sad that it mars what should be days of reflection and  acknowledgment of service.

So today I will remember and honor those who have died in the many wars our nation has fought. They have been men and women of many ages who have in times of crises stepped up and done what many could not or were unwilling to accomplish. May they not have given their lives in vain. May we, as a nation come together to honor all who have served.

1 comment:

  1. Jo, I apologize for not seeing this post until now. I've not been reading blogs for awhile, as you know.

    I want to tell you about my sister-in-law, Bea. She was just a little ol' farm girl and she joined the WAC's to "see the world". But Bea was raped by a superior officer, who denied, denied, denied. That was back in the 1940's.

    I don't know the whole story and never will, maybe she was raped more than once, maybe she was raped by more than one man. Whispers in the family said that she had a nervous breakdown and after she married her sweetheart from home, he gave permission for her to be subjected to shock treatments. I'm sure he was trusting a male doctor.

    I met Bea when I married Hubs, and she was actually one of the older kids in his large family so she was by then approaching middle age. She didn't talk much and it was clear she was, as we said in those days, "Not all there". My heart always ached for Bea, who got the shaft in many more ways than one.

    I'm sorry to say that the only thing that has changed in our society having to do with women is that too many people have learned to say the right things without meaning them in their heart. Too many men still think a man's career is worth salvaging by hiding or minimizing the truth rather than bringing justice for the victim of his selfish sexual gratification. Innocent women and children suffer at their hands until so much outrage develops that it must be addressed or the stench of the deed gets on everyone. And of course then we see excuses and back-tracking. The Good Ole Boy Brotherhood is alive and well.

    How I would love to reach out to you and give you a good ol' Mama hug every day. You are such a precious person. I beg you not to allow this knuckle-dragging cretin who hurt you to continue to have victories over your mind and soul. He is not worth one moment of your time. It's on him, what he did.

    As far as people's opinions, you must remember that lots of people are just plain stupid. It sucks to be them.

    Love and Hugs, XOXOXO


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