This weekend the women vets gathered and wrote on paper what they wanted to release. A ritual fire was lit in which to burn the paper, and symbolize release. The fire popped as wood will do, and some of the women rushed from the room thinking the pops were gun shots. The fire was put out. I sit here now with the trauma our vets have experienced and yet movies come out glorifying war.
I have wanted to write something about this, and seem only to come to tears. One of my friends, Vanessa, is a vet, and she said millions of dollars have been spent to make the movie American Sniper. Where she lives yesterday that movie was sold out all day, and yet the theaters showing Selma were half-empty. We choose what to watch. We choose what to believe.
Vanessa works hard to raise money to fund programs to help women vets, and it is an uphill battle, and yet again, we continue to spend money on war, and to create an "enemy" when we have so many people, both men and women, who need to deal with PTSD.
Again, I suggest if you want a cause to support, this is it: