Tuesday, July 15, 2008

DailyKos diary on LaVena

I learned this weekend that DailyKos blogger Gemina13 posted this June 30 diary: "Justice for Pfc. LaVena Johnson":

Women soldiers in the Iraqi-Afghanistan theaters have mostly been ignored, save when they can be trotted out for the cameras like Pfc. Jessica Lynch. Used by the armed forces in greater numbers, women soldiers are not only serving in ways their predecessors never got to. One in three women who join the military will be raped or sexually assaulted by men in the military. Of the 94 women who have died in Iraqi or in Operation Iraqi Freedom, 36 died from "non-combat related injuries."

One of these was Pfc. LaVena Johnson. [...]

Through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) and Congressional offices, Dr. and Mrs. Johnson, their family, and their friends relentlessly hounded the Department of the Army for answers about LaVena's death. They requested documents, and every piece of evidence led to yet another piece that had to be demanded and claimed. It took two and a half years before the Johnsons were able to see what had happened to their daughter.

Gemina13 draws on material posted at Shakesville and the LaVena Johnson website, as well as the CommonDreams article written by retired Army Col. Ann Wright.

I had the opportunity to exchange emails with Gemina13, and would like to thank her again for bringing LaVena's story to the wide DailyKos community.


Villager said...

There are many of us supporting your efforts. Stay strong and pass along our support to the Johnson family...

peace, Villager