Fighting for a Cause: Help the American Service Women

Nov. 6, 2012: Members of the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade will be the first to test the new female body armor.

Over the rural villages in Iraq, an American woman is a bomber pilot, a navigator, or weapons specialist for equality.  She will stomp over  dusty  roads and  patrol  villages for her country,  in boots not made for a female foot.   American women  lie on their bellies  in the brush  alongside the men armed and ready for action, yet she must put up with sexual harassment  from her fellow male servicemen  to keep her country safe.   The American servicewoman may drive an armored  five- ton truck and  lose limbs in ambushes only to face a VA doctor expecting her to turn her head and cough.

The plight of an American servicewoman is darkened by the “bromeo-sphere” of their male counterpart.  Their sacrifices are unrenowned, because Americans have a hard time accepting women as combat servicewomen.   Nearly a year ago the death toll of American women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan was approximately 200.   While we can only make it a point to remember the fallen, the American servicewomen who are returning home encounter harsh difficulties and less than satisfactory health care.

The  U.S Department of Veterans Affairs claims to have “the largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and other facilities.”  Integrated care is to promote and facilitate  a concern to improve patient experience.  This mind set is meant to achieve greater efficiency and worth from health care.   Currently… the VA does not offer prosthetic limbs especially made for women, above standard maternity care, or superior mental health benefits to our service women.   If Veterans Affairs has the largest integrated health care system as they claim, why are our service women treated in an unsatisfactory manner.

There are an estimated  2.3 million female veterans in America, one out of four of them have experienced sexual harassment or assault.  There are 2,100 female veterans waiting for proper fitting prosthetic limbs. Many of these women rely on veterans service groups such as  Grace After Fire and Service Women’s Action Network.  These groups are putting up a stupendous stink over the treatment of service women; however,  the VA has been aware of these issues for 30-years.  It should not take another 30-years for women of the military to attain suitable health care structured to feminine needs.

 As American women, we must band together and  demand more from our country.   In honor of our  sisters who fight for our country.   Instead, it would seem, the issue is getting little attention while the rest of us are planting petunias!  American women need to push the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs write their senators and Congress to push them in to creating more women’s health centers,  improving services, and re-educating VA staff.   After all, our American service- women fought hard for this country.   As women on the home front,  we could at least repay our combat sisters by fighting alongside them to attain appropriate health care in a male dominated system.

This article was written by Laurell Morse, a writer for dusk magazine. 

About The Serial Scribbler (21 Articles)
In the past, I have held jobs as an artist, personal care attendant, cashier and even a shoe saleswoman. The best job I have had the pleasure doing is being a mother, its full time and the pay is always wonderful. The payoff is not in green but in something far more valuable, the satisfaction of a job well done and the love of doing it. From there, I decided to continue my education. I went back to school and currently working on my BA in Psychology with a minor in English and literature.

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