Happy Veterans Day 2013

While most of us loathe war (at least I hope so), we try to sympathize with our veterans/military folk. Plus, if you really study about people who join the military,  you understand many tend be low-income, undereducated, and/or come from communities of color.  They register with the service as a way to get out of bad situations, fund their education, or support their families. Poor women of color tend to be the most vulnerable to military recruitment. They also tend to receive the worst treatment while in the military. The list of grievances regarding racism, sexism, homophobia and sexual assault is long in the military.  Hell, you wouldn’t catch me signing up. But, these women do it the same as other folks, to earn money/build careers. Also, some women of color just like adventure. So, I give honor to all the veterans today, but especially women of color who go through so much in war zones and within the military.

Check out these resources about women of color in the military:

I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen–My Journey Home by Shoshana Johnson 

Home from the Military

Black Women Fallen Soldiers


Author: Tonya J.

I enjoy reading, writing, and traveling!

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