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Angela Shortt
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Baha'i, Aries, mom, nana, lit lover and comic book/cartoon geek
Baha'i, Aries, mom, nana, lit lover and comic book/cartoon geek

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The third and last installment of a series of blog posts that I've written about physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse. Actually, I don't know if this will be the last post. The way things are going in this county right now, I may have even more material to comment about in the future. #MeToo
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Deep breaths. This is only part of your life. Pt. 2
Apparently, I liked this Facebook meme on this day...last year? Two years ago? Three? I don’t remember now. But I still feel the same way. Especially about the partner in crime part. Not LITERALLY in crime, but someone who has a little mischievous streak in...
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"Medicaid spending caps in the previous version of Graham-Cassidy, which remain in the revised bill, would have reduced federal funds to states by $120 billion between 2020 and 2026 — and by more than $1 trillion through 2036, according to a recent study from Avalere Health." That means you, or someone very close to you, will either have no coverage or experience such drastic cuts in coverage that the plan will be even WORST than what Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare costs right now (And Obamacare was a compromise with Congressional Republicans based on Mitt Romney's state funded medical plan, in case you didn’t know.) Go ahead. Use your education and READ THE BILL. It will be a revolutionary act because your government wants you to remain placidly ignorant of these actions. Reading AND educating yourself counteracts that. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin will smile and be proud of you.
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I was interviewed by Bert Johnson, a reporter and photographer for KQED, for a story about the Vietnam War. I wasn't in the military, but I had a view of the War that very few people talk about, and that is one of a child who personally saw what war does to people, and it had a profound effect on me that I didn’t really think about too much until I did the interview. Base brats have a different type of childhood: you learn very early in life that it's better to avoid making close friends because you and your family will be sent to live somewhere else in a year or two.

I don't know about what life is like for military brats these days, but it was sometimes intense for those of us who lived in the Philippines or Japan during the Vietnam War. And NONE of us ever talked about it with each other. We were a group of kids who ran around playing flashlight tag after curfew (Do non-military kids have to obey a curfew that is enforced by the police? I have no idea.) as if everything was normal. And it wasn't. If you had a check up or dentist appointment, you went to same hospital where they brought in the soldiers who had been wounded in Vietnam. Some were only a few hours away from being involved in a very deadly firefight. Other kids might have looked up at their mothers and asked, "Mommy, what's wrong with that man? Why is is he staring like that?" I knew better. Just keep walking because the adults aren't talking.

Don't get me wrong; we had fun, most definitely. But it was a very different way of life compared to the way civilian families lived. And it's pretty difficult to explain that to people who hadn't lived in similar circumstances.
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I'm not sure why this picture is showing up as part of my blog, but I guess it relates in a strange kind of way. This blog post is part one of a three part series about domestic violence, PTSD, and the long, twist-and-turn process of recovery. Being married to or in a relationship with someone who is physically, sexually, mentally and emotionally abusive is like living with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). You never know exactly when or where it will explode.
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