Today, Wagner looks pretty tough, tattoos and a ring in her nose, but it’s not hard to imagine her a fresh-faced 20-year-old, eager to prove her mettle with the other Marines in her unit. But the dues she paid didn’t make her a better Marine, they opened her eyes. Wagner, now 27, recalled the night she was on guard duty, when a female soldier was raped by another American at gunpoint in the barracks.
"It's huge," she said of assaults against servicewomen in the military, citing a 2008 survey that said upwards of 30 percent of women are raped. Wagner believes the number is much higher. "They just don't report it."
The above is from Kelley B. Vlahos' "Are Veterans Our Only Hope?" (Antiwar.com) and for those who have been sexually assaulted while serving, resources include Military Rape Crisis Center, VETWOW and RAINN. NOW on PBS, in 2007, offered a fact sheet on military sexual trauma:
Military sexual trauma
Harassment, assault, rape and other violence.
Military sexual assault
Any unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature.
Unwanted vaginal, anal or oral intercourse or penetration using fingers or other objects, using force or the threat of force.
And it broke down the percentages which then stood at at least 60% of women serving experienced military sexual trauma while 27% of men had. Click here to view that September 7, 2007 broadcast (and there's a link there for a May 2008 update as well). And you can click here for the transcript to the September 7, 2007 broadcast, where correspondent Maria Hinojosa speaks with MST survivors and explains that in the first Gulf War, one out of seven female soldiers was raped. (Though NOW on PBS is no more, Hinojosa continues as host of Latino USA on NPR stations around the country.)
Meanwhile the Tennessean reports that four bridges in the state of Tennessee will be dedicated to the the following fallen "who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom": Capt Marcus Ray Alford, Chief Warrent Officer 2 Billie Jean Grinder, Staff Sgt. Michael Wayne Tinsley Sr. and Sgt. David Clay Prescott. All four died this year and it's a public ceremony for anyone who wishes to attend: "Four bridges along State Route 840 will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. today to Tennessee National Guard soldiers killed in 2010 supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom."
Last month, Sgt. John Burner III died while serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. WBALTV reports that the family is asking questions as to why, when Burner was ill and unable to walk and breathe, the army did not begin treating him? John Burner II states, "We've trusted the Army with both of our sons. We feel we've been let down." Meanwhile Jon Hamilton (NPR's Morning Edition) reports on the treatment of brain injuries.
A friend at Time magazine is mad because Time has been doing a series of Iraq reports and we haven't even noted them. On my end, as I've explained repeatedly on the phone, create a link where people can find all the reports in the series, give me the link and we'll link to that. Bobby Ghoush and an Iraq War veteran have been filing from Iraq -- this is Ghosh's 13th report in the series -- and that's in less than two weeks. Time should have created a folder for just those reports. Anytime I was called, Ghosh and the veteran had two or three reports that my friend was asking to be noted. That's really too much to squeeze into one snapshot and, again, you need one link where they can read the series, click through it. I was very clear that we were not highlighting the Falluja report -- we've had more than enough Americans covering the assault on Falluja as a video game or a simplistic shoot-em-up movie. Other than that, I had no problem with the series and had Time created a folder so readers could easily go through the series, we would have been noting it. (I believe we noted at least one report at the start of the series; however, my friend insists that nothing ever got noted.) Good for Time for sending correspondents in; however, if they want people to read it, they need to make sure these online reports are easily accessible.
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