Sunday, June 27, 2010

Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal Needs to Learn That Women Are Also Deployed

I usually appreciate the opinion pieces of Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal and the one this weekend was no exception -- except for her total non-mention of women serving deployments.

Here is the letter to the editor that I emailed The Wall Street Journal and which I hope will be printed:

Peggy Noonan's June 26-27 Declarations "McChrystal Forces Us to Focus" was an excellent opinion piece except for her failure to include women in her references to active-duty military personnel repeatedly deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ms. Noonan wrote "Their sons and nephews have come back from repeat tours ..." while failing to include daughters and nieces. She also wrote "... children reaching 12 and 13 without a father at home" that should have said "without a father or mother at home."

Perhaps Ms. Noonan should be briefed on how many women now serve repeated deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how many of these women have also paid the ultimate price, leaving their children without a mother.

Our country needs to acknowledge the sacrifices of both the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller
Los Angeles, CA
PTSD Walk Across America

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of the novel MRS. LIEUTENANT and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. Her newest military-related project is supporting the upcoming PTSD Walk Across America.Phyllis' social media marketing company Miller Mosaic Power Marketing combines traditional marketing principles and Internet marketing strategies to put power in your hands. Read her social media marketing blog.

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