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Thanks for the post for Women's Q&A.
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PVT Mary Bagnaschi
PVT Mary Bagnaschi
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I am looking forward to answers to my questions I have had since 1983.
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PVT Mary Bagnaschi
PVT Mary Bagnaschi
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I enlisted in 1981 in the delayed entry program to serve three years active duty in the U.S. Army as a trained Combat Medic and Patient Care Specialist, 91B, 91C10. I began basic training in Oct 1981 and advanced to the rank of E-3 while successfully excelling in Class room and on the job training while stationed at Ft. Sam Houston and Fitz Simons Army Medical Center. My first and only permanent party at Ft. Hood proved to be traumatic and disabling, within days of my arrival as a new recruit at 6th Cav HHC 34th Support, I was targeted for relentless sexual harassment and was a victim of two significant military sexual trauma events I reported and sought help up the chain of command. I was criminalized starting April 83, court martialed on fabricated minor alleged entrapment charges and discharged under other than honorable conditions with bad conduct papers. I was misdiagnosed but not ever treated by the ARmy or VA with a Borderline Personality disorder and rediagnosed and treated with dirty bandaids by the VA Health care system from 1995 - present with a confirmed 'Severe and chronic PTSD/MST' diagnosis the VA and DOD claim along with the ARmy I will never be compensated for or properly medically treated for due to the character of discharge that the VA Health cares system actions and inactions in medical negligence and VA administrative fraud! How do I have PTSD diagnosed by the VA Health care system since 1995 - present specifically for Military Sexual trauma but continue to be told by the benefit side that it is not military service connected and/ or the patriarchal sexist discriminatory blatant hostile DOD and ARmed Services and VA and all the Service organizations and government, quasi government and non profits won't help any of the hundreds of thousands of vets like me. Shame on all of you but God forgive us all.
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Thanks for sharing
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PVT Mary Bagnaschi
PVT Mary Bagnaschi
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I enlisted in 1981 in the delayed entry program to serve three years active duty in the U.S. Army as a trained Combat Medic and Patient Care Specialist, 91B, 91C10. I began basic training in Oct 1981 and advanced to the rank of E-3 while successfully excelling in Class room and on the job training while stationed at Ft. Sam Houston and Fitz Simons Army Medical Center. My first and only permanent party at Ft. Hood proved to be traumatic and disabling, within days of my arrival as a new recruit at 6th Cav HHC 34th Support, I was targeted for relentless sexual harassment and was a victim of two significant military sexual trauma events I reported and sought help up the chain of command. I was criminalized starting April 83, court martialed on fabricated minor alleged entrapment charges and discharged under other than honorable conditions with bad conduct papers. I was misdiagnosed but not ever treated by the ARmy or VA with a Borderline Personality disorder and rediagnosed and treated with dirty bandaids by the VA Health care system from 1995 - present with a confirmed 'Severe and chronic PTSD/MST' diagnosis the VA and DOD claim along with the ARmy I will never be compensated for or properly medically treated for due to the character of discharge that the VA Health cares system actions and inactions in medical negligence and VA administrative fraud! How do I have PTSD diagnosed by the VA Health care system since 1995 - present specifically for Military Sexual trauma but continue to be told by the benefit side that it is not military service connected and/ or the patriarchal sexist discriminatory blatant hostile DOD and ARmed Services and VA and all the Service organizations and government, quasi government and non profits won't help any of the hundreds of thousands of vets like me. Shame on all of you but God forgive us all.
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A1C Pamela G Russell
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Do you have any programs that help women veterans with foundation repair or other home repairs?
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CSM Shirley Minster
CSM Shirley Minster
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A1C Pamela G Russell
A1C Pamela G Russell
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CSM Shirley Minster Thank you for the heads-up. I will try the Am Legion.
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PVT Mary Bagnaschi
PVT Mary Bagnaschi
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I enlisted in 1981 in the delayed entry program to serve three years active duty in the U.S. Army as a trained Combat Medic and Patient Care Specialist, 91B, 91C10. I began basic training in Oct 1981 and advanced to the rank of E-3 while successfully excelling in Class room and on the job training while stationed at Ft. Sam Houston and Fitz Simons Army Medical Center. My first and only permanent party at Ft. Hood proved to be traumatic and disabling, within days of my arrival as a new recruit at 6th Cav HHC 34th Support, I was targeted for relentless sexual harassment and was a victim of two significant military sexual trauma events I reported and sought help up the chain of command. I was criminalized starting April 83, court martialed on fabricated minor alleged entrapment charges and discharged under other than honorable conditions with bad conduct papers. I was misdiagnosed but not ever treated by the ARmy or VA with a Borderline Personality disorder and rediagnosed and treated with dirty bandaids by the VA Health care system from 1995 - present with a confirmed 'Severe and chronic PTSD/MST' diagnosis the VA and DOD claim along with the ARmy I will never be compensated for or properly medically treated for due to the character of discharge that the VA Health cares system actions and inactions in medical negligence and VA administrative fraud! How do I have PTSD diagnosed by the VA Health care system since 1995 - present specifically for Military Sexual trauma but continue to be told by the benefit side that it is not military service connected and/ or the patriarchal sexist discriminatory blatant hostile DOD and ARmed Services and VA and all the Service organizations and government, quasi government and non profits won't help any of the hundreds of thousands of vets like me. Shame on all of you but God forgive us all.
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A1C Pamela G Russell
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PVT Mary Bagnaschi God bless you, Mary! The AF tried to railroad me, too, but I was fortunate enough to ask for an honorable discharge guarantee, before relenting.
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