Sandy Cleary was a medic during the Vietnam War, and now suffers with 100% post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Athletic as a young girl, Sandy desired to serve her country and help people, and so in 1972 she joined the US Army and trained to be a medic.
One night, after working at the drug and alcohol ward in the Fort Dix hospital, Sandy was sexually assaulted and became pregnant. The rapist told her that he would kill her if she told anyone. Being young, she was too afraid to say anything. Unfortunately, at that time the Army was unable to have a pregnant servicemember, and Sandy had to choose between having an abortion or being discharged. Having been brought up in a religious household, Sandy didn’t believe in abortion and so, choosing to keep her child, she lost her military service. Or, more appropriately, her military service was taken from her by a rapist and by justifiable fear.
Now a single mother …