Since today is Veterans’ Day, let’s talk about our men serving in the military, specifically the case of Tech Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon II. He had served in Iraq and Afghanistan before being transferred to Minot Air Force Base. While deployed, he endured a spinal injury and ended up with PTSD due to what he witnessed. The PTSD also resulted in depression and nightmares. Allmon’s spinal injury also caused problems with his bladder.
While Allmon was at Minot AFB, he got accused of sexual harassment by multiple women. In the first case, a woman accused him of hitting on her after Allmon got into a dispute with her over a work product. The rest of the accusations are all women who say that Allmon did nothing but hit on them (and it looks like that didn’t even happen). As absurd as that is, the reaction of top brass at Minot AFB is on a whole different level. Their response was to try to court martial him where Allmon could face 130 years in prison. Additionally, they tried to deny Allmon medical treatment. They tried to block Allmon from getting a PTSD diagnosis because it would make him look sympathetic during the court martial. They also tried to prevent Allmon from being transferred to other facilities for treatment. Fortunately, this failed because it turned out Allmon needed emergency back surgery, and he got the surgery he needed.
This type of problem isn’t the only thing that men serving in the military need to worry about. Family courts believe they can ignore the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act which requires a minimum 90 stay in civil cases for anyone serving in the military. If we continue to treat our servicemen like this, pretty soon no man will choose to serve in the military for good reason. Or we will end up with a military dictatorship when a general or generals decide that this sort of thing has to be stopped for the good of the country.