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My birth name is Michael Foley, I am 22 years old and was 20 during the time which I was working for the ((which I was employed from early march to late august, I also previously held a job with AAFES working at the on-base theatre for 2-3 years where my family lived prior to this happening)) NEX a branch of AAFES overseas while my father was stationed at a NATO base. I've known for years that I am not in the right body and growing up in a military environment has increased the stress with the majority of people in the community being very anti-gay due to "Don't ask don't tell."
Due to the strong rhetoric and anti-gay presence that is felt in military I kept it a secret for a long time that I felt this way for fear of embarrassment and my father getting the brunt of it at work. However turning 21 in august and finally getting a fulltime job at the NEX I felt it was time to let my family know and seek help at the Naval hospital on base.
I sought help at the naval base of which they were very unresponsive and told me there was nothing they could do for me eventually sending me to the psychiatric ward where they questioned me about suicide and things I hadn't gone there for. Although many talks were about my gender identity they always lead to them not being able to do anything or simply unwilling to help me. I tried many times to make appointments with doctors. This eventually lead to me buying hormones and trying to self-medicate online. ((this landed me in the emergency room twice on both occasions little to nothing was done and the recommendation was that I stop taking the pills.))
So eventually I stopped taking them. Things got worse at work, I had begun to paint my nails and put on light makeup to support how I felt inside, which lead to me being called into the back by management several times and being sent home and told to take it off or not to come back. They eventually made moves to have me fired, everytime I asked for what they would pull me into HR and to talk to management written down on paper they refused. I'm convinced that alot of what they were saying was completely illegal, I am a civilian my father served proudly in the military for years no decades and they are cornering me for being transgender? At the time unfortunatly that's not how I saw things I was getting severely depressed and not leaving my house, when they finally sent me home for good I stayed home and cried for days not leaving my room at all, I thought it would be different that because I had the strength to confront my fears that everything would go well but they didn't and it felt horrible I felt crushed, I still feel crushed. It didn't end there my mom convinced me to see JAG of which I went to and they called the NEX turns out they did very little as well, I've never felt so horrible in my life. I never thought that a branch of the american government would actually stoop this low to treat a civilian like this and I don't even know what to do. If anyone knows what do I would like help I'm still living with my parents and I haven't left the house since this incident took place.
I've attached a picture I took of one of the write-ups I received during my employment at AAFES.My birth name is Michael Foley, I am 22 years old and was 20 during the time which I... more
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Osama Bin Laden's former cook and driver has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by a Guantanamo Bay tribunal.
link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10947708Osama Bin Laden's former cook and driver has been sentenced to 14 years in prison... more
WASHINGTON – Congress has taken two big steps toward ending the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.
In quick succession Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House approved measures to repeal the 1993 law that allows gay people to serve in the armed services only if they hide their sexual orientation.
The votes were a victory for President Barack Obama, who has actively supported ending the policy, and for gay rights groups who have made repealing the ban their top legislative priority this year.
"Lawmakers today stood on the right side of history," said Joe Solmonese, president of Human Rights Campaign, a major gay rights organization.
With passage, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, "We honor the values of our nation and we close the door on a fundamental unfairness."
The drive to end the ban still has a long way to go. The 234-194 House vote was an amendment to a defense spending bill that comes up for a final vote Friday. While the spending bill, which approves more than $700 billion in funds for military operations, enjoys wide support, some lawmakers vowed to vote against it if the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal was included.
"It jeopardizes passage of the entire bill," said Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi, a conservative Democrat who opposed it.
The full Senate is expected to take up the defense bill next month, and Republicans are threatening a filibuster if the change in policy toward gays remains in the legislation.WASHINGTON – Congress has taken two big steps toward ending the "don't... more
"The Pentagon is paying an outside contractor $4.4 million to survey troops and their families about their feelings towards gay soldiers."
What a COLOSSAL waste of money. I don't understand why this is still an issue that would be worth spending millions of dollars to debate.
http://www.chicagopride.com/news/article.cfm/articleid/10795984"The Pentagon is paying an outside contractor $4.4 million to survey troops and... more
I was just reading this blog an came across this article. It is absolutely heartbreaking. http://fromtheleft.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/army-sends-infant-to-protective-services-mom-to-afghanistan/#commentsI was just reading this blog an came across this article. It is absolutely... more
KABUL - A U.S. military F-15E fighter jet crashed in Afghanistan early Saturday, killing two crew members, a U.S. military spokesman said.
U.S. military spokesman Col. Greg Julian said a second fighter aircraft traveling with the jet that went down saw no evidence of enemy fire.
No fighter jets have crashed in Afghanistan in years. Militants are able to shoot down helicopters with rockets, but are not known to have the anti-aircraft weaponry necessary to bring down a high-flying jet.
The military says the F-15E crashed in eastern Afghanistan at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday Kabul time. The military did not immediately say where in Afghanistan the jet crashed. Many areas of eastern Afghanistan, which borders Pakistan, are filled with craggy mountains.
The crash will be investigated by a board of officers, the military said.
Bomb attacks kill 12
Elsewhere, bombs killed a dozen people, including a British soldier and five children, in southern Afghanistan, authorities said Friday.
The five children were among 11 people who died Friday when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in the Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province near the border with Pakistan, according to police Gen. Saifullah Hakim.
The victims, all members of an extended family, were traveling to a local Muslim religious shrine for Friday prayer services, Hakim said.
Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban, and Hakim blamed the Islamic militants who plant bombs along roads in the area to target Afghan and foreign troops for Friday's blast.
"Innocent civilians are dying as a result," he said.
In London, the British Ministry of Defense announced that a British soldier was killed Thursday when a bomb exploded near a foot patrol in Gereshk, an industrial city of Helmand province where fighting has been raging this month. The soldier's death brings to 48 the number of NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan in July — the deadliest month for the international force since the war began in 2001.
Expecting bigger losses
The U.S. command, meanwhile, reported that Afghan and U.S. soldiers killed 10 insurgents Friday in Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan. There were no international soldiers killed but the U.S. statement made no mention of Afghan army casualties.
U.S. commanders had been expecting bigger losses since President Barack Obama ordered 21,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan this year to curb a resurgent Taliban, which was ousted from power in the U.S.-led invasion of 2001.
About 59,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan, and the number is expected to rise to at least 68,000 by the end of 2009. The total international force numbers about 91,000 troops from 42 nations.
But the rising casualty tolls have prompted U.S. and British officials to consider whether to send more troops to Afghanistan to bolster security, especially around the Aug. 20 presidential election. Britain has about 9,000 troops in Afghanistan, including 700 sent this year to augment security for the election.
The chief of the British army, Gen. Richard Dannatt, said there was a case to be made for "a short-term uplift" in troop numbers until Afghan forces are properly trained and deployed — which he said could take another 12 to 18 months. He told BBC Radio that scaling down troop levels after the Afghan election would be the "wrong thing to do."
Reviewing troops requirements
On Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the U.S. could send more troops to Afghanistan this year than had been initially planned, although any increase would not be significant. The Obama administration had wanted to wait until the end of the year to decide whether to send more troops.
The new commander of U.S. and NATO forces, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is nearing the end of a 60-day review of troop requirements in Afghanistan and will forward his recommendations to Washington.KABUL - A U.S. military F-15E fighter jet crashed in Afghanistan early Saturday,... more
It has the same distinctive International grill and the same crew cab as other International trucks, but offers a whole different look with an aggressive design of headlights integrated in the front fendersIt has the same distinctive International grill and the same crew cab as other... more
Ryan has deserted from the US army because he would not fight an illegal and immoral war, so he and his wife Jen have to flee from safe-house to safe-house across the US to escape arrest. Ryan has deserted from the US army because he would not fight an illegal and immoral... more
A deserting soldier and his wife flee across the USA to seek refugee status in Canada. Ryan and Jen joined the military because there were no jobs, but find they have to make a heroic stand in order to escape an illegal and immoral war.A deserting soldier and his wife flee across the USA to seek refugee status in Canada.... more
Its not the biggest issue next to the economy or the war in Iraq but he addressed this properly.
John McCain says Barack should cut loose Wesley Clark even though McCain just brought aboard his campaign fellow veteran Bud Day. Bud Day was part of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth squad that had worked so hard to defame Sen. John Kerry's own Vietnam record.Its not the biggest issue next to the economy or the war in Iraq but he addressed this... more
Most of the troops interviewed said they are ready for change. Though the military is not supposed to engage in partisan political activity, these soldiers spoke out about their personal endorsements, and their opinions are likely to matter. In 2004, 73 percent of the U.S. military voted for a presidential candidate, and officials believe it may be even higher this time around.
PFC Jeremy Slate said he supported Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., because of his stated intention to pull out of Iraq right away.
"That would be nice," Slate said, "I'd like to be home, yea."
SFC Patricia Keller also expressed support for Obama, citing his representation for change. Most of the troops interviewed said they are ready for change.... more