[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]
[I consult and consider many sources in search of appropriate subject matter for this blog. Often I find material that is best left (mostly) untouched by me, e.g., today’s piece from blogger Denise Oliver Velez. I wrote that I would not write about the Republican nominee until he either drops out or the election is over … I consider this blog to be about much more important people to me.]
Denise Oliver Velez supports–and is looking for support for–a group of female veterans who seek justice in this election.
Women Vets Speak Out Against XXXXX
A group of women veterans have made an ad talking about why they see xxxxx as unfit to be Commander in Chief.
My name is Wendy Barranco and I am a proud Army veteran who served her country honorably in Iraq.
Blue Falcon (not an honorific)
It is my patriotic duty to stand up to hatred and bigotry, which is why a few weeks ago, we teamed up with Common Defense PAC. We realized we needed to share our stories. xxxxx is a blue falcon. He’s the kind of guy who won’t have your back when the stakes are high. He’s the kind of guy who steals your gear when you’re not looking. He’s the kind of guy who’s only ever in it for himself.
We are not big players, we are veterans. Our best friends are not millionaires and billionaires. So the only way we can get this ad out is with help from working class Americans. Small dollar donations mean the world. If we can raise $30,000, we can reach more than half a million undecided voters in swing states like AZ, NH and NV.
Please help us share this message, donate and listen to vets.
Wendy, Jess, Mika, Trina, Crystal and the Common Defense PAC
You can help spread the word on twitter at #TrumpBlueFalcon:
The purpose of this blog is not to solicit money for causes, even causes that I wholeheartedly agree with. Rather, it is to raise awareness of issues that impact veterans to the point of their suffering with PTSD. No one can tell from their open letter/ad what the emotional condition of these women actually is, other than anger. However, there can be no doubt that they have strong feelings about the chain of command, feelings they are strong enough to express publicly.
Also, this letter gives lie to the general perception that those in the active military as well as veterans are a reliable voting bloc for Republicans. The deeper we dig the clearer the vision we see of endless, senseless war and war mongering. Blue falcons and chicken hawks be damned.