Veterans face the ultimate indignity

Veterans face the ultimate indignity, by Bill O’Chee.

Dave (not his real name) is one of hundreds of veterans who are now having their service turned against them, and used to humiliate and destroy them. You see, Dave’s wife made a domestic violence complaint against him, claiming that he was violent because of his service in the Defence Force. For good measure she claimed he had access to weapons because of his service, and all his friends had access to weapons as well.

For a proud man like Dave, it was a kick in the guts. He had left the Army a decade ago, and had not handled a weapon for years. In fact, the only person he knows who has a gun is a friend who is a priest.

Absurd though it was, this stuff sticks. Dave’s lawyer told him not to fight the claim because he couldn’t risk the magistrate finding against him and ending up on a domestic violence register for the rest of his life.

Veterans are being unfairly painted as violent, yet another prejudice encouraged by feminists and the  left.

It is the ultimate indignity, but it is a slur being used over and over against many veterans.

Jasmin Newman, a men’s support worker, has seen it many times.

“Returning veterans often face an additional trauma upon returning home from service. They come home to face a whole new battle with being removed from their family homes because they are deemed to be prone to violence, even when none has taken place,” she tells me.

“These men are left feeling extreme isolation, when what they need is the love and connection of their family which was once their sanctuary. … All veterans I have spoken with who were suicidal were going through relationship breakdown. … Fearing men based on speculation that they ‘might’ be violent is extremely damaging for society as a whole .. These statements, repeated and reinforced, have created an irrational fear of ‘all men’.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil