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U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 47

by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 17, 2020) — Continuing from Part 46, former U.S. Army Capt. Gary Mason elaborated on the Army’s efforts to demonstrate that he was unfit for duty after more than a decade of exemplary service, invoking the specter of mental illness or suicidal “ideation” as justification. Enlisting in 2000 in the infantry, […]

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U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 42

“HAVE A NICE DAY” by Sharon Rondeau (Apr. 28, 2020) — The following continues the narrative of former U.S. Army Capt. Gary Mason from our previous section, which brought the reader to the point of Mason’s having approached U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye‘s office for assistance concerning the treatment he experienced as a service member over […]

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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, […]

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U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 38

“PEOPLE ARE THREATENING YOU” by Sharon Rondeau (Jan. 4, 2020) — In the following section, former U.S. Army Capt. Gary Mason further details the fallout he experienced after filing an Equal Opportunity (EO) complaint and request for a congressional inquiry into a 2008 assault against his person in Iraq on the part of an enlisted […]

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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 […]

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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 […]