Letters to the Editor 3-19-15

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End domestic violence

To the Editor:

Last week was ‘Say No More’ Week.

Sunday, March 8th started a national campaign to end the silence and issues of Domestic Violence and Sexual assault. To many times people don’t speak of these horrific, traumatic, and illegal acts. It occurs in all races, genders, ages, and all types of people.

Here a some statistics just to open your eyes:

- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.

– 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.

- 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape.

– 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual victimization in their lives.

- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.

All of these credible and sited on “No more’s” website.

Stop the silence! Show your support! These are our family and friends that face these serious issues.

No one deserves or invites rape, molestation, or sexual assault. Children don’t ask for their parents to beat each other up and fight viciously or wrongly (Domestic Violence). People may have troubles or tattered morals, but that isn’t excusable to be abused or to be the abuser. Help me and millions of others, both regular people and victims alike. Let’s stop this madness!

This is serious and many people face this in both the U.S. and worldwide.

Go to www.NoMore.org

Pledge to end the crimes, the abuse, and the silence.

Remember you’re never alone and it’s never your fault.

Together we will win this out. It’s never easy to bring up or discuss, but if we keep silent we are just as bad as the people who did it. We need to encourage victims to report it and stand up. To many times people are scared or embarrassed. No more boys will be boys! No more she wanted it! No more you never told me! It stops here. Silence and little education has made these issues become ignored.

Report it if you see it and talk about it to people you know and care about. You never know who could be involved.

Again check out the website: www.nomore.org

Also use the hashtag #NOMORE on your social account to spread the important cause and message.

Sincerely,

Ryan J. Curry,

Florence

Veterans

To the Editor:

Now that the Indiana General Assembly is over half-way through, our elected officials still have plenty of time to address the critical needs of Hoosier Veterans.

Although there were a plethora of bills addressing many problems faced by Veterans introduced, only very few are still alive – but that is the legislative process. However, there are several issues and opportunities that should be addressed post haste.

First, and foremost, the legislature must address the Indiana Veteran/National Guard suicide crisis and the devastating impact of PTSD and traumatic brain injury suffered by our Hoosier troops.

Indiana Legislators should be creative and innovative in addressing the needs of our Veterans; but they can also lead the State to leverage Federal resources to connect our Veterans to existing services.

The federal Veterans Administration has stated that an average of 36-percent of all Veterans should be receiving some type of disability compensation, but here in Indiana, we are only at 26-percent. At only 26-percent, our disabled Veterans from Indiana bring in over 2 billion dollars and support services a year to our State.

If the State can achieve the VA’s targeted standard, that would be another $980 million coming in to Indiana to our disabled Veterans – which will also boost our local communities economically.

The legislature also has several opportunities to make permanent the Pence Administration’s appointment of a State Women Veteran Coordinator. Other immediate needs include treatment courts to address the growing problem of Veterans suffering PTSD entering our judicial system and protecting the employment of deployed troops.

There are many issues facing veterans that should be addressed over time, but the critical issues must be handled sooner than later.

Nationally, Indiana has the 16th largest Veterans population and the fourth largest National Guard. We have over 475,000 Veterans statewide. That says a lot about our State; yet when it comes to bringing in benefits for our military and veterans and programs for them, Indiana ranks 47th up from 48th.

Our military personnel have honorably served both State and Country; all making a sacrifice for all of us. It is time for the General Assembly and the citizens of our State to answer the call of duty and support our troops and Hoosier Veterans!

Sincerely,

Lisa Wilken

Women’s Liaison, AMVETS INDIANA

Service Officer, American Legion Post 438