While we should thank our veterans every day, collectively we as a nation all say thank you on Veterans Day, November 11. But many of us want to offer more than just a sincere "Thank You," we would like to do something.
The Invisible War interweaves devastating statistics with the personal stories of a group of women and one man. Their lives have been forever altered by "soul-shattering" violations from those they had believed to be a trusted family -- the military.
What women veterans need is fundamental respect, recognition, and understanding of the unique stressors of their service experience. They need humane, integrative treatment, and some programming solely with and for their fellow women veterans.
As divisive as the question of abortion has become, an overwhelming majority of Americans have the grace and empathy, in the face of violent sexual assault, to allow a woman to make the decision that is best for her and her family. Why haven't members of Congress done the same?
Last year the Department of Defense recorded over 3,000 reports of sexual assault across the U.S. Armed Forces. And while this issue affects both male and female servicemembers, it is women who face elevated risks.
Instead of marginalizing women, Congress must get to work on policies that can foster job creation and fuel economic growth. It's time to focus on solutions, not just for the fortunate few, but for every American.