Joining Forces: Women Veterans Speak Out
Posted by danielleac on August 1, 2011
Read the latest article of BPW Foundation’s every-other-week Joining Forces feature that brings us the voices of women veterans telling their stories. If you are a women veteran who would like to share your story, please contact us through our Joining Forces for Women Veterans Facebook page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
by Danielle Corazza
The Beatles song “Revolution” has been running through my head all weekend with these completely self-adulterated lyrics: “It’s gonna be a revolution, ohhhh, you know that it is.. It’s gonna be a revolution, a sexual one, that is..”
It all started with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell earlier this year. The decision to allow any person to serve their country regardless of their sexual orientation or preference was long overdue. And, I have been a bit impressed with the relative speed with which the Armed Forces have adopted the change, and rolled out the appropriate training. (I’ve seen name changes in the military take longer.) Seems like they’ve rounded third and are heading for a home run in the fairness, equality, and open-mindedness ball game..
But, wait. Something’s missing. Wonder what that could be?
Oh, yeah. Women.
As far back as the Revolutionary War, women were there. As the quote goes:
History raves about the heroics of men in war, but few instances are mentioned in which female courage was displayed. Yet during every conflict, and the peaceful years between, they too were there.
To borrow from the irascible, yet succinct, Capt Barb, “If she volunteers to defend this nation’s rights, then this nation should defend her right to volunteer for any military assignment.”
Women are in combat. It’s an undisputed fact, and no manner of fancy rule-engineering and loophole-diving can change it. So, why don’t we legalize it so that women may begin the deserved training and support?
On May 13th, 2011, HR 1928 was introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.
HR 1928 outlines the findings that females in the Armed Forces are increasingly attached to combat units and engaging in frontline roles despite the current ground combat exclusion policy and also engaging in direct combat without receiving combat training. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that modern military combat policies reflect the current operational environment of combat operations and to raise the recognition that female members for the Armed Forces should receive for their service.
Late last week, a group comprised mainly of female Congresswomen met as the Caucus on Women in the Military. After hearing from several subject matter experts, they recommended that the policy prohibiting women in combat be changed.
It seems that the steam is building, and that the batter is in the box. Can we hit another home run for fairness and equality on behalf of women?
Make your voice heard by letting your member of Congress know now is the time!