Have you seen the latest season of Orange Is The New Black? Well, even if you haven't, I'll explain. The show is about a bunch of women in prison. In season 4, new prison guards are needed so veterans are hired to fill the positions.
There's actually a discussion in the show where the "big wigs" of the prison talk about how they'll get more money for hiring veterans. This rubbed my husband, who is currently serving in the Air Force, the wrong way.
"So now we're just dollar signs to companies?" he grumbled.
I reminded him that at least veterans were being hired. So many veterans are left without jobs.
But then we get to "meet" the veterans. And they're all assholes.
I watched in horror as veterans basically abused inmates--rough pat downs, knocking them over, giving them overly harsh punishments, forcing them to fight.
I'm here to say that veterans are not like that. Some are and it's probably because our government doesn't seem to care. The amount of veterans who go without the proper care is horrifying. PTSD is real. But it seems as soon as our troops finish serving, the government is through with them, and it's a shame. One day I hope it all changes. One day I hope our veterans are given the best care available.
Most veterans that I've met are kind. Friendly. I completely understand that the writers of Orange Is The New Black wanted conflict. But they shouldn't have put the veterans as the bad guys. Did they forget that Orange Is The New Black might not even be around were it not for our soldiers fighting for our freedom on a daily basis?
So I'm asking people to not buy into the stereotype that Orange Is The New Black is trying to convey. I understand it's a fictional TV show, but millions watch, and I'd hate for people to think, "Oh man, are veterans sadistic creeps?"
They are not.
In fact, I know one veteran very well. She volunteers. She cares about the environment. She is there to lend a hand. She's kind.
She's my mother.