Friday, November 18, 2016

Next Commander-in-Chief Does Not Honor Military Women?

Women serving in the military today, as well as those who served since the beginning of this nation, are facing something no one thought they would ever have to face again. The attitude of the next Commander-in-Chief, that they should not be in the military.

It was said in 2014 by Donald Trump.

“Well, I went to a military academy, which was from a different planet. ... We didn’t have women in the academy at that time,” he said. “Today you have women, which is a whole other story, women in the Army and you see what’s going on. It’s like, it’s like bedlam. It is bedlam.
“... It’s something that people aren’t talking about, but what’s going on is bedlam, bringing women in the Army.”

But there have always been women in the military and they earned the right to be honored equally for their service to this nation.

From the time when "Molly Pitcher was a patriot who carried pitchers of water to soldiers and helped with cannon duty during the American Revolution's Battle of Monmouth" and other women decided that this nation was worthy dying for, they served side by side with the men.

That is what Residual War, Something Worth Living for is all about. Amanda Leverage (fictional character) always wanted to be in the Army, following her parents who met during the Vietnam War. She became a Chaplain to help soldiers heal and then a Colonel to make sure that she stood as an example to other female soldiers. 

One day, her actions saved lives and she was nominated for the Medal of Honor. Having been shot three times, she ended up at Walter Reed Hospital, when she received a cell phone in the mail from a young soldier she adored. It was his suicide video. The life she saved, caused her to be wounded and away from "Teddy" when he needed her the most. She discovered the Chaplain she saved was actually responsible for "Teddy" not wanting to live one more day on this earth.

His two regrets were not being fast enough to save Amanda and too fast to save the Major who destroyed both of them.

Did you know military women have received every war medal including the Medal of Honor?
Rank and organization: Contract Acting Assistant Surgeon (civilian), U.S. Army
Places and dates: Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; Patent Office Hospital, Washington, D.C., October 1861; Chattanooga, Tenn., following Battle of Chickamauga, September 1863; Prisoner of War, April 10, 1864-August 12, 1864, Richmond, Va.; Battle of Atlanta, September 1864

Entered service at: Louisville, Ky.

Citation: Whereas it appears from official reports that Dr. Mary E. Walker, a graduate of medicine, "has rendered valuable service to the Government, and her efforts have been earnest and untiring in a variety of ways," and that she was assigned to duty and served as an assistant surgeon in charge of female prisoners at Louisville, Ky., upon the recommendation of Major-Generals Sherman and Thomas, and faithfully served as contract surgeon in the service of the United States, and has devoted herself with much patriotic zeal to the sick and wounded soldiers, both in the field and hospitals, to the detriment of her own health, and has also endured hardships as a prisoner of war four months in a Southern prison while acting as contract surgeon; and Whereas by reason of her not being a commissioned officer in the military service, a brevet or honorary rank cannot, under existing laws, be conferred upon her; and Whereas in the opinion of the President an honorable recognition of her services and sufferings should be made: It is ordered, That a testimonial thereof shall be hereby made and given to the said Dr. Mary E. Walker, and that the usual medal of honor for meritorious services be given her. Given under my hand in the city of Washington, D.C., this 11th day of November, A.D. 1865. Andrew Johnson, President (Medal rescinded 1917 along with 910 others, restored by President Carter 10 June 1977.)

Given under my hand in the city of Washington, D.C., this 11th day of November, A.D. 1865.

Andrew Johnson, President

Medal rescinded 1917 along with 910 others, restored by President Carter 10 June 1977

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