Code Talkers were not only integral in winning the Pacific Theater of WWII, but they also saved an ancient seafaring culture: Micronesia
This #LongRead is an excerpt from the book, The Desert Warrior by M.B. Dallocchio.
Some have asked me why I take the current Neo-Nazi rhetoric so seriously as well as calling out Trump on the current Alt-Right, Powell Memo platform. This is why...
This is the first chapter of "The Desert Warrior." Because if you've - all of a sudden - developed an interest in mass shootings, global conflict, foreign policy, mansplaining, gaslighting, and Las Vegas - boy, do I have a treat for you...
I must confess a few things I'm grateful for: wonderful friends, family, and selflessness in Sin City. Seeing people turn out in #solidarity to donate blood, time, and kindness blew me away. The beauty one can see in such horrific times.
(Reposted from Crave) This Thanksgiving, give thanks and show support the unarmed water protectors who are risking their lives to stand against a militarized police force.
"When it comes to sexuality and intimacy, it is not enough to simply tackle outdated policies that shy away from love and sex. Sex must not be reduced to a violent, emotionless wargasm in a post-war homecoming."
Picture this: A combat veteran is getting publicly shamed. Their service is spat upon; various media outlets perpetuate misinformation about them; veterans’ charities and nonprofits exploit them; and the general public doesn't seem to accept them either.
They are criticized, scrutinized, and are often spoken about with disdain, question, and shame. The combat veteran faces constant antagonization and, as a result, experiences a failure to reintegrate after war and is vulnerable to homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, incarceration, and suicide.
No, this isn't 1968. This is the beginning of the 21st century. And that combat veteran is a woman.
In 2004, in the desert sands of Kuwait, I realized where I stood as a woman in war compared to a man. And all I wanted to do was give the finger to every double standard that protects men, and chastises women.
"There was no reason to stay with anyone who despised my passion, spirit, or who I was on the inside. I wasn’t merely free now because I was newly divorced and embarking on a cross-country move, I was free because I wasn’t frightened by the journey or the unfamiliar, mysterious destination. I was free to write a new chapter and to live my life on my terms - starting with this road trip."
Throughout American history, men and women have been fighting and dying in wars throughout the majority of our country’s history. However, veteran reintegration proves to be a continual challenge as we see statistics regarding homelessness, suicide, incarceration, and mental illness indicating an ongoing crisis.
Dispatches from an itinerant and irreverent artist.