Women SoldiersHope Springs A Turtle gave me a little poke in comments to drop by her place to read about LaVena Johnson a soldier who was found in her tent dead by a gunshot wound to the head which was ruled a suicide. She also had a broken nose, dislocated shoulder, two loose teeth, and her lips were so badly mangled the mortician had to reconstruct them, and there was a blood trail leading outside her tent. Odd way to commit suicide. She had recently been tested for STD's and her father suspects she had been raped and reported it, and that she was murdered to silence her. Hope links to a post at Les Enrages with all the details and a plea to sign a petition to reopen the investigation into LaVena's death.
Hope has been writing a series of posts about Women Soldiers in Iraq and the dangers they face, not from Iraqis or terrorists, but from American men, their male counterparts and contractors. Recommended reading: The Women Soldiers and Women in Uniform. I noticed the link to the NYT Magazine story isn't working in her post, you will find it here: The Women's War.