This week on Veterans Radio join host Jim Fausone and his guests.
The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield
In 2010, the Army created Cultural Support Teams, a secret pilot program to insert women alongside Special Operations soldiers battling in Afghanistan. The Army reasoned that women could play a unique role on Special Ops teams: accompanying their male colleagues on raids and, while those soldiers were searching for insurgents, questioning the mothers, sisters, daughters and wives living at the compound. Their presence had a calming effect on enemy households, but more importantly, the CSTs were able to search adult women for weapons and gather crucial intelligence. Their story is told by author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.
And Discharged & Deported – the ACLU reports on non citizen soldiers after honorable discharge who find themselves deported for minor crimes because they did not become naturalized during military service. Jennie Pasquarella – Director of Immigration Rights for the ACLU of S California and Prof. Nathan Fletcher of University of California and a Marine veteran explain the problem.