It is time to speak out about the disgraceful acts by service members to our women who have faithfully served our nation. What I’m about to say may anger the reader for me being so harsh. And particularly my honorable service and especially of those names of our men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
I wonder what happen to those officers who rose thru the ranks to wear the stars that rest on their shoulders. I am critical of the Vietnam era officers of all branches who may or may not have done enough to educate and discipline those who commit acts of rape.
My honor, the honor of my fellow Americans who served so faithfully. Our uniform, our history, our memorials have been tarnish by this stain of dishonor, that makes me wonder why our culture within the ranks has not changed. To those who commit these acts and their commanding officers who fail to discipline them are as responsible for allowing this stain on all of us who are honorable men and women.
I want to share a personal experience that occurred in Sacramento, California in 1988, Dec. 10th . The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated that day. I drove two hours to watch 30,000 Vietnam vets proudly march to the memorial.
Something extraordinary happen in front of myself and the veterans who recognized the Army nurses who served at Cu Chi, Vietnam. As soon as Army, Marine veterans saw these women proudly wearing their uniform. Tears started to come to these men eyes. Without anyone saying anything hundreds of Vietnam vet’s formed up into two lines. As the nurses walked passed them…. these men gave them their “Thank You, for being there for me.” These men saluted these Angels and the women were completely overwhelmed by the words of “ I Love you,” or “We Love You !”
It is time for our current generation of general officers to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and look at the names of the eight Army and Air Force nurses. And it wouldn’t hurt as part of disciplinary action to have these dishonorable men who have committed rape against our women. Participate with veterans who wash and keep the “The Wall” Presentable to our nation…. with Honor.