Today, President Obama signed a bill that both strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Thanks to this bipartisan agreement, thousands of women and men across the country who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking will be able to access resources they need in their communities to help heal from their trauma.
Life can be tough and I'm sure you've heard the saying "that which does not kill us, makes us stronger." What piece of advice--whether professional, practical or personal-- has made the biggest impact on your life? Have you ever had to put the advice into action? What was the outcome?
(Originally published in Military Times, 12/30/91
Sometimes we see the U.S. military on a global scale – like a monolith of might, not to be reckoned with. But if you stick around long enough on any give day at any given post or base, you never know who you might run into.
One day when I was working as a volunteer at the thrift shop at England AFB, La, a woman and her little girl came in to consign some items. As I priced her things, we got to talking.
According to the Journal of Family Psychology, 15.5 million U.S. children live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and 7 million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred.