Silent….

One thing that has happened over the past 22 months is I have begun reading more and more milblogs. I have also gotten to know some of those who write them. One of the people who has touched my life is CJ Grisham who wrote A Soldier’s Perspective.  CJ recently has come under attack for speaking out regarding his children’s schools decisions.  You can read about all that CJ is face in the Army Times http://www.armytimes.com/offduty/technology/offduty_blogger_120809/.

Bouhammer says it best :

First, milblogs are facing an increasingly  hostile environment from within the military.  While senior leadership has  embraced blogging and social media, many field grade officers and senior  NCOs do not embrace the concept.  From general apathy in not wanting to deal  with the issue to outright hositility to it, many commands are not only  failing to support such activities, but are aggressively acting against  active duty milbloggers, milspouses, and others.  The number of such  incidents appears to be growing, with milbloggers receiving reprimands,  verbal and written, not only for their activities but those of spouses and supporters.

C.J. Grisham of A  Soldier’s Perspective (http://www.soldiersperspective.us/).  C.J. has earned  accolades and respect, from the White House on down for his honest, and  sometimes blunt, discussion of issues — particularly PTSD.  In the last few  months, C.J. has seen an issue with a local school taken to his command who  failed to back him, and has even seen his effort to deal with PTSD, and lead  his men in same by example, used against him as a part of this.  Ultimately,  C.J. has had to sell his blog to help raise funds for his defense in this matter.

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In support of CJ and all milbloggers I will be silent with them.  We must realize that silencing one person is the first step in silencing us all…

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10 Responses to Silent….

  1. usmcwife8999 December 16, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    I think it is horrible what he has had to deal with. I told my hubs about his ordeal and he has been reading some of the back story..
    What bothers me the most is this is a man who defends our constitution which includes and is not limited to the freedom of speech. To silence the very people who fight to defend and are willing to die for that right is wrong on so many levels.
    I also watched the video of what transpired at the school board meeting. And from what I can see is he was dealing with a bunch of thugs, plain and simple.
    Good for you for supporting him..I wish I had a blog so I could go silent as well…next year!

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