Former U.S. Army Soldier’s Wife Invited, then Disinvited to Accompany Michelle Obama on Overseas Trip

Former U.S. Army Soldier’s Wife Invited, then Disinvited to Accompany Michelle Obama on Overseas Trip

“WE HAD A TARGET ON OUR BACKS” by Sharon Rondeau (May 18, 2020) — Less than a year after former Capt. Gary Mason received a “medical” discharge from the Army under duress, his wife, Shahnaaz, also an Army veteran, was informed she had been selected for consideration to join then-First Lady Michelle Obama on a […]

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 39

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 39

“THEY KEEP SAYING YOU ARE UNFIT” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 29, 2020) — This section of Gary Mason’s story continues from Part 38, which described increasing tensions between his assigned unit, the 130th Engineer Brigade, and him once he filed a request for a congressional inquiry with then-Rep. Mazie Hirono’s office. In the following section, […]

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 31

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 31

“YOU’RE TRYING TO PROVOKE ME TO ANGER” by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 31, 2019) —This segment continues former Captain Gary Mason’s story at the point where in late 2010, he returned to Hawaii from Afghanistan  for medical reasons and was immediately assigned a press briefing to an international military audience with virtually no preparation time. While […]

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 29

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 29

“THESE ORDERS WERE NOT APPROVED” by Sharon Rondeau (Jul. 5, 2019) — Our previous installment in this series detailed former U.S. Army Capt. Gary Mason’s successful ordination as a military chaplain, obtained after more than seven years of combined full- and part-time study amidst overseas deployments, Public Affairs school, and full-time service in Public Affairs […]

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 23

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 23

“THOSE ORDERS WERE NOT LEGITIMATE” by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 19, 2019) — Part 22 of our series about the military experiences of former Capt. Gary Mason concluded with Mason’s having returned to Hawaii from a strange temporary assignment in South Korea, where his accommodations, to his surprise, proved to be “a Korean whorehouse” rather than […]