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.
Grisham Legal Fund
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Huntsville, AL 35893
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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…