So You Think That Women Shouldn’t Serve In The Military?

Well, wonders never cease do they? Just when I’ve heard enough insults & demeaning remarks.
Today I’m riding in the van when I strike up a conversation with the driver.
The driver mentions that he trains the company drivers of the Access van I ride in down in Las Vegas Nevada. Living here in dreary dull Washington Las Vegas sounds alot like Disneyland as far as I’m concerned.
The driver then mentions Colorado Springs in Colorado. Another City I’ve lived in when I was younger & enlisted in the U.S. Army.
I swear, I can’t seem to escape the damn jealousy or hate because then an older woman asks me if I was in the Army. To which I replied yes, I’m not ashamed.
Then this woman says how she feels that women don’t belong in the Army.
Really? Her remark I feel was made out of total ignorance.
Women have served 3 World wars not including Afghanistan & Iraq
How in the hell does a person make a statement like that? To me? It is definitely out of sheer stupidity!
Let me say that for me as a African American female who had:
No Father figure
Neglected by her Mother
No sense of self whatsoever
That joining the Army was basically my only option for a chance to grow up.
I WAS that disadvantaged child whom no one wanted to be bothered with, and mind you I was not a problem child, it was just no one gave a damn. Simple as that.
So when I first met that Army recruiter on the high campus all those many years ago, I jumped at the chance for a possible better life one that was far more attractive than being abused by my unstable Mother on a daily basis.
I have to say that I get real sensitive when someone says Women don’t belong in the military.
To some of you who’ve never served: Please keep these kinds of statements to yourselves….PLEASE!
A sharp stab with a butcher knife to my ribs would have been preferable.
The woman who was dropped off at her destination ahead of me says “Don’t take offense to what I said, I’m just old” I had wanted to reply to her “No offense taken” but the words just couldn’t make it out of my mouth.
Because in fact, what she said hurt me deeply.
And not just myself but all those other women who served & have served it feels just like being spit right in the face.
And this was what was going thru my head as she was exiting the commuter van.
Guess I’ll just have to forgive her.
Thanks for reading.