As the family and friends of veterans, you stood beside them when they volunteered to serve our country. You recognize that they have faced countless battles in and out of wars as they played pivotal roles in the safety of our Nation, and continue to play a role in their families and the community.
As soldiers, sailors, and airmen they supported their units, squadrons, and commands. They continue to volunteer and support each other, and we know that you understand the sacrifices they have made for you and their fellow countrymen.
The VA has reported over 500,000 veterans suffering from Military Sexual Trauma. In the year 2012 more than 85,000 veterans were treated for injuries or illness stemming from sexual abuse in the military. In 2012 it was estimated that 6.1 percent of the entire active-duty female force had been the victim of military sexual trauma, and that 1.2 percent of the active-duty male force suffered military sexual trauma. Perhaps one of the most startling realizations for some is that men are victimized just as much as women are. Even the people that have promised to keep them safe have turned on them. We have 1.8 million female veterans across our nation, most of them returning with major physical and mental trauma. The challenge is to offer services to women that are accessible, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed at all locations. The Black Rose Awareness Campaign is working hard to serve all Veterans from all eras, branches of service, and those in uniform today.
During this campaign to educate our country of what terrible crimes are happening in our military, we are reaching out to the family and friends of our veterans and military personnel and asking for your support. A donation of $1.00 will help to insure that our web sites and our campaigns will continue to provide services to our Veterans, your daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and friends, one day at a time. You can donate online at www.ablackrose.org
A Black Rose is a virtual organization reaching across the nation. Your generous donation insures that we are able to continue our mission into the future. You can always contact us and find up-to-date information on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/blackrosecampaign
Thank you for your support,