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Muslim-American vet explains why he’s marching for women’s rights

  • Nate Terani, a first-generation Iranian, Muslim-American and military veteran, is as feminist as they come.
  • He’s subsequently been a vocal advocate for and will participate in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
  • The march — now a global movement — is an impassioned response to the inauguration of Trump, a figure who’s earned himself a reputation as a misogynist who encourages sexual assault.
  • “As a Muslim-American who believes in fundamental equality and as a veteran who took an oath to defend the Constitution, it is important to be present on the ground,” 39-year-old Terani said of the march from his home in Tucson, Arizona, in an interview with Mic. He spoke while he packed for his trip to D.C. Read more

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if you care about roe v wade, planned parenthood, lgbtq+ people, disabled people, veterans, marriage equality, gun control, poc, the lives of immigrants, ending Islamophobia, poor people, welfare programs, women’s rights, etc. then please vote for Hillary! I don’t care if you don’t like her because she’s a liar or she’s crooked or she’s not nice or whatever the fuck your excuse is for voting for a literal fascist dictator! vote for Hillary! she’s the only thing standing in the way of a literal xenophobic bigoted orange skittle becoming our president! your vote counts! please vote for Hillary! #imwithher

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Hillary Clinton does NOT care about women.

She USES women.

She USES WoC, she USES historically disenfranchised women, she USES female victims of rape and sexual assault, she USES disabled women, she USES mentally ill women, she USES trans women, she USES female veterans.

HILLARY CLINTON DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU. She is USING YOU to push her own political agenda. She will throw you to the wayside after she gets into office. She is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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“President Obama honored a very special veteran [in the White House Oval Office recently]: 110-year-old Emma Didlake. A resident of Detroit, Didlake is believed to be the nation’s oldest veteran.

‘We are so grateful that she is here with us today… She is a great reminder not only of the sacrifices the Greatest Generation made.’ Obama said, but also the ‘trailblazing’ by women and African-American veterans.

Didlake ‘was a Private during the course of her service and her decorations include the Women’s Army Corps Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal,’ the White House said in a statement.” David Jackson, USA Today 

“Known to family as ‘Big Mama,’ Didlake was a 38-year-old wife and mother of five when she 'wanted to do something different’ and signed up for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943, said her granddaughter, Marilyn Horne. She served stateside for about seven months during the war, as a private and driver.

After she was discharged, she and her family moved to Detroit in 1944 – and she quickly joined the local NAACP chapter. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 and received a lifetime achievement award two years ago from the chapter.” Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press 

1st Photo by Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images

All other photos by Evan Vucci/AP

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Women from the first all-female honor flight in the United Sates watch a Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Sept. 22, 2015, in Arlington, Va. There were 75 female veterans from World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War in attendance, as well as 75 escorts, who were also female veterans or active-duty military.

(U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue/released)

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“Blue Falcon” — an Art Not War video featuring five amazing women veterans — three of whom served in Iraq — sharing their powerful stories and telling American voters why Trump is unfit to serve as commander-in-chief. Please take a look.

Drug and Alcohol problem leads to increased suicide rise in veterans

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar.18 (ANI): According to a new study, veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as their comrades.
The research got published in the journal Addiction.
The study finds highest suicide risks are among those, who misuse prescription sedative medicines, such as tranquilizers. Women veterans who misuse opioid drugs also have an especially high risk of suicide.
The findings point to a need to focus more veteran suicide-prevention efforts on those, who have substance use disorders, especially if they also have depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety.
These findings come from one of the largest-ever examinations of substance use disorders and suicide, involving more than 4.4 million veterans.
“We hope these findings will help clinicians and health systems care for people with substance use disorders, with mental health conditions, and with both – and focus suicide prevention efforts accordingly. Substance use disorders may be important markers for suicide risk,” says Kipling Bohnert, Ph.D., lead author of the study and researcher with the VA Center for Clinical Management Research who is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at the U-M Medical School.
Using statistical techniques, the team calculated suicide rates per 100,000 veterans, and then calculated those rates for veterans with substance use issues overall, and for specific substance use disorders.
In all, the suicide rate was 75.6 per 100,000 for veterans with any substance use disorder, compared with 34.7 for veterans overall.
A previous study led by Mark Ilgen, Ph.D., co-author on the new study, found similarly higher rates in veterans who were tracked from 1999 to 2006.
But the new study lets the researchers drill down to the specific substance that veterans had problems with, including alcohol, opioids, marijuana, and cocaine.
The study found the suicide risk was highest for veterans of both genders who misused sedatives – 171.4 per 100,000 – and markedly higher for women who misused opioids, at 98.6 per 100,000.
The researchers then took into account veterans’ age and the overall severity of their medical conditions, and calculated the risk of suicide by type of substance use disorder.
Men who misused amphetamines also had a suicide rate of 95 per 100,000. Among women, only alcohol and opioid disorders remained associated with higher suicide risk, independent of mental and physical health.
Bohnert adds, “Assessment and treatment of co-existing psychiatric conditions, in addition to substance use, may be important in lowering the risk of suicide among individuals who have substance use disorders.”
But both genders with substance use disorders had a higher rate of suicide even after differences in physical and mental health were factored in. (ANI)

We would not be where we are today as a nation if it were not for the few that gave so much for the many. Americans owe so much to the men and women that serve and have served our country since the beginning. On this Memorial Day, let us not only remember but honor these selfless American heroes and appreciate their service.

A Salute to Women Veterans

Sometime in the future, my children will figure out that both their father and mother served their country in a time of war. We come from a long history of family members in the military, and most men over the age of 18 have served on both sides of our families. Your grandfathers served honorably, your greatgrandfathers have served honorably, and if for some reason you two want to serve your country in the future, I guess I couldn’t stop you. I would pray every day, as our parents did, but know you chose to go in honor.

Mommy joined the Army at the age of 16, mostly because I thought it was one of my only options for a better future and college, and partly because I didn’t know any better. Grandma had no way to help me pay for college, and I didn’t have the best mentors when it came to setting me up for success (I know better now). Nobody before me had gone to college. At 18, I left home with a little courage, was scared, and depressed, but I knew it was meant to be. I was the first female to join the military in our family.

Once I arrived to basic training, I quickly realized how amazing and bad ass women that served in the armed forces were. The following is a salute to the many women I have served with who have made an impact on my life.

To my battle buddy in basic training, my top bunk mate, Summer: you failed every run in the beginning of our training, but you showed me what hard work and a positive attitude can get you anywhere. You ended up on top of everyone! You eventually became our first sergeant, and became the best leader amongst a group of men.

To my other basic training battle buddy, Deswood, who left home from her Native American reservation to serve her country. You kept me going when I wanted to give up. You told me to wipe my tears, and toughen up because I can’t show the males we can’t handle it…and that I did.

To the toughest and best female NCO I can remember serving with: Kristie S. : I became your soldier when all I wanted to do was be young, wild, and free. You made me realized what truly sacrificing my wants and needs are for my country. I remember doing push ups for many reasons: my room was a mess, i was 5 mins late to PT, and not having my driver’s license when I had staff duty. In fact, the only reason I got my driver’s license at 19 was because I had staff duty the next day. True story. You continue to inspire others through your service to our country, and your daughter has an amazing woman to look up to. I grew up as a person, as a medic, and as a leader just by knowing you. You also valued education, and pushed me to go to take my first college classes, which I have taken with me and pushed others to do as well.

To my combat medic females I have had the honor and pleasure of serving with, as your supervisor, or as a subordinate: You have all impacted my life in more ways than you’ll ever know. Every now and then, I thank all of my medics in my heart for making me a better person and leader. I was so young when I became a “supervisor” of soldiers. In fact, I was 20, and at 20, being told to lead others that are your age or older is not an easy task. I had no idea what it meant to serve your country first. I had no idea what it meant to be responsible for the health and welfare of others. I had no idea what it meant to be responsible for setting people up for success in the future, but I do now. I thank each and every one of you for every chance I was able to serve with you all, because i am a better medical provider in training and person because of you. You have all inspired me to this day, and if you’ve ever come up in conversation, I do not hesitate to let others know how you’ve served in many roles made for a man, you’ve fought in combat, you’ve been the only female in a group of men for months in austere and dangerous environments, you’ve led men in conflicts, and because of this, I know that many of you are no longer the same person you were before you left. You are my favorite people. in no particular order, I thank the following VERY special people: Shayna C., Vanessa B., Brittney S., Angie H., Sara W., Andrea J., Christina M., Brittney E., Katie R., Maribel O., Brandy G., Debbie H., Youphin Q., Tressy S., Karen C., Jennifer M., Sam C., Mia T., Dora P., Jennifer O., JBella W., Lisa J., Glenda H., and a few others.

To all the female veterans who continued to serve their country while being a mother: I give you the ultimate salute. I could not imagine leaving my children, knowing I may never come back the same, or if at all. In fact, one of the reasons why I chose to leave serving my country was because I didn’t have to heart to only spend 1-2 hours of their waking day with my kids. I can not imagine what you mothers went through when we were deployed, and it breaks my heart thinking about it just now. I know that some of you had no other choice. I know that some of you did your best to come up with any excuse to stay home with your children, and I don’t blame you. Your children have made the biggest sacrifice, and for that, I salute them, too.

It has come up in conversation more and more lately about whether or not a woman can handle a man’s job in the military. The truth is, the above mentioned women have been doing it for years. These women carry the same weapons, if not heavier. They carry the same ammunition. They carry more weight on their back than your average infantryman, if they are tasked as the sole medical provider on a mission. They’ve led large numbers of troops in combat missions. They’ve been leaders to groups of infantry and combat arms groups of men, even when it wasn’t allowed to do so.

While men are built differently than women by virtue of physiology and hormones, their hearts are the same. These women have proven that women can handle anything, and if we stick together, there are no barriers to success. These women have earned and have been given the respect they deserve as leaders.  I miss all of you, and if I have forgotten a name, I will add them as they come. Thank you for your time and friendship.