With more than 50,000 wounded warriors returning to the United States for treatment, rehabilitation and relearning how to live with a serious injury, families throughout California and the rest of the United States have answered their own call to duty: to take care of their loved one at Walter Reed or another military hospital. But many family members have lost their jobs because of the extended time away from work required to nurse a son, daughter or spouse back to health after a battlefield injury.
Change has come to the U.S. military. First, by stopping the don't-ask-don't-tell policy and stopping discrimination based on sexual orientation and now allowing women to serve in combat roles, ending years of gender discrimination among our fighting forces.
A lawsuit that would require the military to stop gender discrimination in employment was recently filed against the Pentagon. Army Col. Ellen Haring is leading the fight, seeking to declare the Pentagon's practice of excluding women from 150,000 available jobs in the military, unconstitutional.
Eight current and former female members of the U.S. military have filed suit against named defendants and past and present military leaders for claims of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. In the lawsuit, the women allege a pervasive sexual harassment and assault while the women were on active duty.