In an article appearing in the Army Times, by Garance Burke from The Associated Press, about the problems the Veterans Administration (VA) has in caring for female veterans, the head of the VA's Office of Women's Health "...acknowledges that persistent shortcomings remain in caring for the 390,000 female vets seen last year at its hospitals & clinics -- despite an investment of more than $1.3 billion since 2008, including the training of hundreds of medical professionals in the fundamentals of treating the female body."
But women have been seen at veterans hospitals and clinics since at least the Korean and Vietnam War eras. Are you telling me they were seen by medical personnel that knew nothing about the female body and were hardly aware that women are veterans too? Many female veterans from earlier eras as well as current eras have anecdotal evidence that this is indeed the case.
It begs the question, should medical personnel, especially doctors, who know nothing about treating the female body even be allowed to practice medicine?
It is no longer acceptable that military and VA personnel plead ignorance because of a dearth of female service members and veterans. That old excuse for discrimination is well past its usable prime.
The difference between the treatment and respect of female military and veterans, and male military and veterans, is nothing new.
What IS new is that there are now enough female military and veterans to raise a (fairly) effective ruckus, and enough female politicians to listen and to advocate for us. There are more males coming forward about male Military Sexual Trauma, which is causing the military and VA to finally think about taking this issue seriously for both males and females, even as they flounder in how to do so. In general, there are now more males within American society willing to consider that females have equal human rights with males.
For the first time in history females have a chance of being heard, and taken seriously, and spearheading real positive change within the military, the VA, and society in general. This will not only help females, it will also create positive change for males.
We female veterans have been trained to lead, to take point, to follow through until the mission is accomplished. We have the most invested in this struggle. As John Lewis said, "If not us, then who? If not now, then when?"