Honoring Spc Hunter Kelly, US Army, who was found dead at another’s soldier’s home near Fort Stewart, Georgia on August 29, 2015. Peter Petri, also a US Army soldier, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. Ryan Brown, another US Army soldier was also arrested for obstruction of a law enforcement officer. This case is under investigation.
Karlyn Ramirez, US Army soldier stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland, was found dead of gunshot wounds in her home on August 25, 2015 while she lay next to her newborn baby. As of now, the husband is cooperating with authorities but there have been no arrests. The police need your help trying to find who did this.
Lt Col Teresa James had a stellar career in the Army National Guard for over 30 years until she reported being sexually assaulted by a senior officer. Shortly after reporting the crime, she took convalescent leave for 30 days to seek medical treatment and eventually was medically retired because “she refused to come into work” according to leadership in the West Virginia Army National Guard. Lt Col James states that she asked for an extension to her convalescent leave (while continuing to seek medical treatment) or to work at an alternate location away from those who were retaliating against her. She did not want to retire and fought the forced medical retirement process but lost those appeals.
She is now speaking up about the sexual assault and retaliation she experienced after reporting the assault. She is focusing on ensuring that all State’s enact legislation to protect their National Guard members. Unfortunately, the National Guard does not fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government, therefore each state needs to enact their own legislation outlining their policies regarding military sexual assault. This case is a good example of the complications associated with the expedited transfer policy and how it is applied to the National Guard when both the accused and the victim are permanently stationed at the same location.
To answer that question, Mary Calvert met with survivors and went to congressional hearings on military sexual assault. The women she met connected her with more women, and she photographed them in their homes and communities. Through her work, she learned that just 1 in 7 victims of sexual assault in the military reported the attack; of those assaults that were reported, just 1 in 10 ever saw a trial.
Stephanie Schroeder, a US Marine Corp veteran, began her fight for military justice in 2011. She was sexually assaulted while serving in the USMC by a fellow soldier. After she reported the attack to her Command, she was retaliated against by her peers and leadership and eventually discharged with an unfounded personality disorder diagnosis. Stephanie fought back by seeking redress with her congressional representatives, legal representatives, and the media. Her most recent work includes addressing military sexual assault and retaliation with the United Nations in August 2015.
Editor’s Note: The military needs to create cold case squads too.
FayObserver.com: Persistence is not its own reward. Sticking to it can be boring, frustrating or sometimes more like knocking your head against a pile of rocks. But when it pays off, it’s glorious.
That’s why we feel such respect, and even awe, for the men and women who chase “cold cases,” old crimes that resist solving – crimes that a lot of cops would just as soon let slip through the cracks and disappear.