It was actually quite disheartening to hear so many anachronistic criticisms against women in combat when I returned home. As a female combat veteran who served on "Team Lioness," such stereotypes blocked me from accessing VA care as "women can't possibly be in combat" - a verbatim quote from Atlanta VA in 2006. The fact is, women have been fighting in combat, but without the accolades and benefits, which has been slowly changing in the past few years. After 8 years since leaving the US Army, I'm finally getting a VA benefits appointment this week. A male cook who never sees combat and hurts his knee playing sports has a greater chance of getting benefits than a women who engaged in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgencies of the Iraq War. It's sad, really. You can read more about it on my blog, but more specifically this post: http://www.quixoteinramadi.com/2013/08/female-combat-veterans-new-vietnam.html
To see a more artistic perspective, feel free to visit my art site: www.thedesertwarrior.com. The reason I took to art? Well, I had nowhere or no one else to turn to - while my male counterparts were being treated at the VA and receiving compensation.
Thanks for sharing that article and I am writing a book about the reintegration process as we speak. I'm just looking for someone willing to publish a not-so-flowery story from a minority female combat veteran.