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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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Dark Night of the Soul

“ADVERSITY STRENGTHENS RESOLVE” by former Army Captain Gary Mason, ©2020 (Feb. 7, 2020) — [Editor’s Note:  The following essay was written for a course titled, “Leading Spiritual Renewal” as part of former U.S. Army Captain Gary Mason’s Doctor of Ministry in Military Ministry curriculum at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.] My question is, “How […]

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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 […]