As the Author of the #1 Amazon National-International Best Seller War Memoir “Battling the Storm Within” about living 20 years undiagnosed with PTSD, MST and the GWI. My mission is to empower others to address their own personal traumas, be healed, restored and live again. I believe in telling the truth, living the truth and being the truth. I will share the truth for it sets you free. I have battled my storm that was within me and won, so can you! Peace and blessings Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon
Battling the Storm Within
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Another way the Army can deny justice to victims of sexual assault
The Pentagon estimated that 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted in 2012. But often, the sexual assault is just the beginning of the ordeal. Soldiers and advocates say many victims face retribution, unfair discharges and questionable psychological diagnoses. And now, a Fusion investigation has found that the one place service members can go to overturn these discharges often fails them.
The Board for Correction of Military Records (BCMR) is the only place within the Army with the power to change anything on a service member’s record. The Board can change a veteran’s discharge, including granting a medical discharge for service-connected disabilities, like PTSD caused by sexual assault. But we found that hardly ever happens.