What is G.I. Justice?
Civil rights for soldiers and veterans
While the civil rights movement was fighting for the dignity of people of color, America’s veterans were being ridiculed, harassed, and assaulted as they returned from a war they didn’t choose, to a nation that didn’t want them. In 1972, the first federal statute protecting veterans was passed, called the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment and Assistance Act, or VEVRAA for short. In the time since, it and other laws protecting our heroes from harassment, bias, and discrimination remain largely unknown, basically unenforced, and clearly ineffective. For example, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA) of 2009 included provisions protecting military families, but the Department of Justice has never provided victims any way to report hate crimes against them and makes no mention of HCPA on its “Servicemembers & Veterans Initiative.”
Supporting our troops means leveraging everything in our power to recognize and affirm the value, dignity, and importance of our soldiers and veterans. #GIJustice empowers citizens to advocate for federal and state legislators to strengthen and expand the laws that protect our military communities from bias, harassment, and discrimination.
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Since the 105th Congress made suicide a national priority in 1996, public health experts have insisted “suicide is not solely the result of illness or inner conditions.” Experts advised that suicide prevention measures include efforts to “eliminate conditions… of discrimination and prejudice” which can give rise to spiraling feelings of hopelessness. However, despite recent attention on the high rate of military suicide, nondiscrimination protections for soldiers and veterans continue to be plagued by widespread inattention, incomplete solutions, and poor enforcement.
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