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Mel's dad: "I had no idea..." No, he's not an idiot. I was molested for eight years, beginning when I was eight. I never told my parents, and while, over the years, they may have heard a whisper, it was decades after the fact and sure as hell didn't come from me.
While serving as a combat medic in Afghanistan I was called in to give medical attention to a guy who was a known rapist. It was very difficult to force myself to let him "make it"... Thanks for the mini expose; it's an issue in the British military also.
I thank you for your work, and especially for your exposure of the issues facing female soldiers in the ranks of military all over the world. Know you are making a difference, chipping away at the culture. It ain't no easy task.
Real statistics on sexual harassment and rape in the military -- until today's strip I wasn't sure Trudeau was gonna go there but I'm really glad he did. Thanks, GBT, for standing up for women yet again.
Every time you do a B.D. strip, I am touched. Because he's the one character who has radically (and continuously) grown over time, I want to follow his progress day to day (though wisely, you parcel him out). He exemplifies the hope that we can all learn and become better people, and he's really become the heart of your strip. Dickens couldn't have done it better. Many, many thanks.
For someone who is very far removed from the war, you miraculously bring it home. I'm very touched. Hats off.
As a vet and female soldier something just tweaks me about FULL RECOVERY and the concept that "Melissa ...wearing a dress that flatters the beautiful figure visible even in her fatigue uniform" is the image of her recovery from MST. Mel is about so much more than conforming to that cliche of feminity. Guess I'll have to trust that Trudeau is about more than that, as well. He hasn't let me down so far!
Like Toggle, I feel lucky to be alive. War is very surreal. It is in another dimension, not this one. If you are in it long enough, like Ray, it is this dimension that becomes surreal, and it is hard to get back into.
I am looking forward to the day when we see Melissa in civilian clothing, with her gorgeous red hair hanging loose, wearing a dress that flatters the beautiful figure visible even in her fatigue uniform. She deserves to make a full recovery from MST.
Well done, B.D. and Ray. Classic combat humor in that last panel.
Toggle! My sparkling, shining, ever-refilling Glass Half Full! I love you so. Perfect: my man T can see so clearly with his single-vision wise eye -- more broad and bright than his compassionate compatriots with two slightly-blindered eyes.
They improvise, adapt and overcome. Well done and humble thanks to our vets.
I have been following the journeys of the vets (Mel, Ray, Toggle, B.D.) with the sort of distant warmth I might feel towards nieces and nephews I don't see very often. "You GO kids." And then I looked at the Flashbacks today -- 5 years ago -- and it hit like a stomach blow. That list will be a bit longer now. Yes, Toggle: "lucky" indeed.
Toggle's "All three of us lucky" brings tears to the eyes.
Right on, Toggle! Some people don't know lucky when they live it, but Toggle continues to remind me of all that is pure, strong, and true. PTSD and physical damage don't mean it's the end of the world, and there are plenty of us veterans who are a bit battered around the edges yet we still keep moving forward into new days, new tomorrows, and new opportunities. Well done, Trudeau.
What can these two vets tell those kids? "It helped me to grow, but find another way to grow if you can, and try to make sure none of your classmates have to learn how to grow the way we had to." "And thank you for your interest".
I think Mel would be a great wake-up call for Jeff. Her 'tude and his fantasy-world -- what a great combination. To see Jeff finally waking up to responsability; Mel would certainly get him to grow up and maybe even achieve his goal, whatever that might be...
Another cosmic strip today. Had we known what point guards and Goth were in the 70s, I could have been Mel. I too knew my way to the vice principal's office. Not surprisingly, that started in the fourth grade. (Hey, Mr. Doyle!)
I've been a fan of Doonesbury for years, but it rarely makes me laugh out loud. Tuesday's strip did. Perfect, Garry!
I really like Mel & Roz -- they seem like the 'Mike & Mark' of the new millennium. They're strong, likeable people, and I look forward to hearing more about their lives.