Monday, October 31, 2011

Herman Cain Admits Being Accused of Harassment

It looks like the Republican “Good Old Boys” are up to a few of their old tricks.
I’m sure you can recall all the media attention surrounding the sexual harassment allegations made against Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas by Anita Hill.  For those of you who don’t recall, read the excerpt below:
Anita Hill allegations
Toward the end of the confirmation hearings, an FBI interview with Anita Hill was leaked. Hill, an attorney, had worked for Thomas at the Department of Education and had subsequently moved with Thomas to the EEOC.  After the leak, Hill was called to testify at Thomas's confirmation hearings.
She testified that Thomas had subjected her to comments of a sexual nature, which she felt constituted sexual harassment or at least "behavior that is unbefitting an individual who will be a member of the Court." Hill's testimony included lurid details, and some Senators aggressively questioned her.
Thomas denied the allegations, saying:
"This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It's a national disgrace.
And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you.
You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree."

Let’s just say, top Republican GOP hopeful Herman Cain needs to saddle up because these Republicain “Good old Boys” are about to take him on one hell of a ride…

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Charged with Rape but not Adultery

Just as I thought, the Navy continues to use selective prosecution.  CDR Wylie, who was married and admitted to having sexual intercourse, in his case it was considered rape, was not found guilty of adultery.

I guess my conviction didn’t set a legal precedent.

Oopps, I forget you have to be “Single” and a whistle blower to be charged with Adultery, at least in the Navy.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Drunken Navy Skipper charged with “Rape, Sodomy and Sexual Assault”

This morning and San Diego Channel 10 News reported specific details of the latest Navy Commander who is set to face a General Courts Martial in San Diego, CA. 

If only I could be a fly on the wall to bear witness to how the Navy handles his case compared to mine which was held in the same building several years ago.

A boozed-up Navy destroyer skipper is about to get the book thrown at him in San Diego, reported investigative journalist Ret. Maj Glenn Mac Donald of MCC.

CMDR Jay Wylie's, a 19-year Navy veteran is charged with rape, sodomy, aggravated sexual assault and a laundry list of other charges which will most likely cost him retirement pension and perhaps put him behind bars for some years to come.

It’s said that his troubles began with a whiskey bottle. Sources say whenever the former Navy commander got drunk he "came on" to the nearest female in uniform. 

I just had a flashback to when I served as the only female onboard the USS STOUT for almost a year.  Boy, did I have to beat them off with a stick!!

According to his charge sheet, Wylie, while "publicly intoxicated," was on a liberty port call at Victoria in the Seychelles Dec. 31, 2010 when he "pinned" a junior officer up against a bar, tried to kiss her, and put his hand up her dress and into her panties.


Four months later, Wylie, allegedly soused, "coaxed" an enlisted female into his cabin on the DD Momsen where he reportedly kissed and fondled her, putting his hands and mouth on the woman's genitals. 

After the second incident, the drunken sailor was fired.  Why did it take so long?

Food for thought:
I served in the Navy nearly 20 years and can confess to near encounters of sexual assault and sexual harassment.  I never officially reported the incidents because I worked in a male dominated environment and feared no one would take my complaints seriously (which was the case with my EO and Reprisal complaints). 
In this case, there were too many witnesses.  The first victim, the female officer, she should have demanded an immediate investigation into the skippers unwelcomed advances which would have resulted in his swift removal from command also preventing him from preying on his next victim.
No woman deserves to be touch, fondled and handled inappropriately without her expressed permission.  NO means NO!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Navy Commander faces General Courts Martial for rape and sodomy

"Former Navy destroyer skipper sacked for misconduct faces a military General Courts Martial tomorrow morning in San Diego"

In late April, the former commanding officer of USS MOMSEN, CDR Jay Wylie was fired due to allegations of misconduct. 
Tomorrow in San Diego, the Navy Commander will face a General Military Courts Martial on charges of rape and sodomy. 
My sources have yet to confirm whether or not he was married, if so, he should also face adultery charges.  More details to follow.

Stop the Violence!!

Clash with police stirs Oakland economic protest” – is the latest Reuters headline.  The article reports more than 1,000 activists protesting economic inequality who reclaimed a downtown Oakland plaza late on Wednesday.  This was a day after demonstrators were driven out and an Iraq war veteran was critically hurt in clashes with police.
Today, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the protest group “Occupy Atlanta” announced its plans to reorganize in another section of the city.  The protest group is steadily gaining more supporters given the wide spread of recent events and the release of its first 52 protestors who were arrested for their participation in the Atlanta protest demonstration.

First Wall Street, then Oak Land now the movement is brewing up in my back yard.
As a military whistle blower who experienced eye witness accounts of ongoing military corruption, I cannot forget the sleepless nights I spent in a military prison cell after I blew the whistle on my superiors. 
Back then, I was so angry after being wrongfully convicted.   That I would’ve been one of the first demonstrators expressing my dismay over how American taxpayers are being lied to and cheated.

YES! Greed and corporate corruption has angered a lot of Americans who believe the best way to voice their concerns over our current economic status is to gather together like a pack of angry wolves to demand the government to “Bail us out”.
Just 11 days ago, thousands of Americans joined together at our nation’s to commemorate the monument of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was one of the greatest Civil Rights Leader and a man of peace.  What Dr. King stood for cannot only be measured by statues, streets, boulevards or monuments dedicated in his honor alone, but by his legacy. 
Rev. King was a true man of faith whose peaceful marches helped to change laws. Dr. King devoted his life by peacefully working with the US government towards improving equality for minority Americans.  Let’s not disgrace his legacy by orchestrating potentially violent demonstrations.

There are a lot of corrupt corporate and political leaders who are stealing from the pockets of average working class Americans.  Americans who are being denied a fair opportunity to feed and educate their children.  However, ongoing protests can only lead to civil unrest, violence and the possibility of the President declaring Martial Law.
Google what one blogger thinks about it… 
Police State Fascism Is Now Rampant: Martial Law Is Next!

Food for thought: 
Fellow Americans, we have the power to “Vote In and Vote Out” political leaders who condone and benefit from this infectious corruption.  I challenge you to exercise your voices peacefully along with your right to VOTE these crooked politicians out of office!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Military Veteran Disability Compensation

If you are military veteran with a service-related disability you may qualify for over $3,100 in monthly benefits. These benefits are paid to veterans who have injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. These benefits are tax-free.

You may be eligible for Disability Compensation if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.

VA Disability Compensation Pays:

The amount of basic benefit paid ranges from $123 to over $3,100 per month, depending on your level of disability and number of dependents.

•you have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s)
•you have a spouse, child(ren), or dependent parent(s)
•you have a seriously disabled spouse

VA Disability Compensation Application Process:

You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation or Pension. If you have any of the following material, attach it to your application:

• Dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates)
• Medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports)

You can also apply on line through the VONAPP website.
For More Information Call Toll-Free 1-800-827-1000.

VA Travel Reimbursement

Reimbursement for mileage or public transportation may be paid to the following:

1.  Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated at 30% or more;
2.  Veterans traveling for treatment of a service-connected condition;
3.  Veterans receiving a VA pension;
4.  Veterans traveling for scheduled compensation or pension examinations;
5.  Veterans whose income does not exceed the maximum VA pension rate;

Food for thought:
Service members who are still serving on active duty, you have up to 1 year after your military discharge to file your VA medical compensation claim.  Ensure all your service connected disabilities are well documented in your medical record prior to your discharge. 

You can also visit the following link to view how the VA determines your compensation rating.;node=38:


Title 38: Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief


 e-CFR data is current as of March 17, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Learn how to manage STRESS

I could have used this helpful advice a few years ago.  Instead, I ignored all the warning signs.  As a result I was diagnosed with an incurable blood disorder, called or “essential thrombocythemia” or essential thrombocytosis.  You are probably wondering what is essential thrombocythemia, which is precisely what I asked my hematologist in January 2009 when she read off the results of my bone marrow biopsy.
Primary thrombocythemia is when the bone marrow is making too many platelets without a known cause. Platelets are essential for blood clotting.

When we think of undergoing a stress test, we typically associate it with a cardiac stress test.  This is when you either pedal a stationary bicycle or walk on a treadmill for a number of minutes to measure your heart rate, how your body responds to the increased activity. 

But how does your body respond to such things as losing your job, missing a deadline or other pressures at work, constant exposure to a hostile work or home environment, not having enough money to pay your mortgage or feed your children, disobedient children.  These are only a few examples of potential stressful conditions. defines stress as:  Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you.
When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life – giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.  The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you'd rather be watching TV.

But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life. 

This is what happened to me.  Beyond a certain point, I would say, two years of constant stress, my body’s stress response went into overdrive which caused my bone marrow to produce blood platelets at an enormous rate. 

The first signs of the condition became apparent after I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer in March 2007.  Months after I’d discontinued therapy treatment for the stomach ulcer I was still experiencing pain in my upper abdomen.  My gastroenterologist ordered a complete blood count (CBC) to rule out any possibilities of other severe stomach diseases.  Within a year, my platelet count had risen nearly 4 times beyond the normal range.  The normal platelet count value is anywhere between 150,000 - 400,000 platelets per microliter (mcL), unfortunately mine had elevated to 1.2 million. 

WOW, is exactly what I said.  I was a walking time bomb.  I was told I’d avoided not having a stroke or heart attack because of my age and fit physical condition.  I considered myself lucky.  I was so busy fighting my case with the Navy in hopes to remain on active duty when I should’ve been paying more attention to the warning signs of stress.   

I have to take low dosage aspirin and low dosage chemo-therapy medication (1000 mg pills per day) for the rest of my life as an aggressive approach to lower my blood platelets which are currently at 600,000 microliter (still well above the normal range).  Every 3 months I have to have my blood drawn and my CBC monitored and I also have to avoid exposing myself to potential stressful conditions.   

STRESS, if gone untreated is a silent killer.  Don’t be like me, pay attention to the warning signs.

Food for thought:

You can Google to learn more about how to manage stress. 

Here are a few helpful hints:

Learn to manage stress: Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems.

Learn how to relax: Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response.  When practiced regularly, these activities lead to a reduction in your everyday stress levels and a boost in your feelings of joy and serenity

Learn quick stress relief: Everybody has the power to reduce the impact of stress as it’s happening in that moment. With practice, you can learn to spot stressors and stay in control when the pressure builds.

Monday, October 24, 2011


A few of my closet friends have repeatedly asked my, “Sy, why are you still pursuing your plight with the Navy?  Are you bitter because they denied you your retirement pension?” 
My response is simple… “No one (not even those who helped to orchestrate my conviction) deserves to be treated the way I was treated.  Especially after working for an organization for almost 20 years, only to be denied my retirement pension.
A fellow blogger, who obviously did their homework, posted an interesting blog about my story.  The blogger goes by “Injusticejustice”.  I consider the title of the blog rather fitting for my situation.
It’s titled “History in the Making”.  You can check it on at:
Yes, it’s true… I am the first “Unmarried” female officer in U.S. military history and probably in U.S. history to have been court martialed, fined ($9,600), locked-up in prison (for 2 months) and discharged from the Navy (fired from my job) for Adultery.
The interesting point about this case is the alleged "married husband" was never charged with committing adultery.  And my situation took place during the same time several elected "Male" public officials were coming clean about their adulterous affairs.  I’m just saying…
One would have to beg the question…  Why did the Navy’s top brass target me? 
Did they need to “guarantee” my court martial conviction in an effort to “prove" my allegations of “fraud” against the government (the American taxpayer) to be frivolous?  This would be affirmative, according to a recorded conversation I had with my military defense attorney a few weeks before my courts martial trial.
In fact, several of my allegations of fraud were found to be substantiated.  Unfortunately, it took over a year in a half for the DoD IG to deliver its findings.   I’ve always wondered why the long delay…
For my military followers, you don’t have to turn the blind eye to military corruption.  However, I would think twice about contacting the Dept of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG). 
As a U.S. citizen you can report evidence of fraud by contacting your local FBI field office or an Attorney who represent “Whistle Blowers”, they will provide you protected communication.  As a victim of negligence by the DoD IG, I assure you, they will NOT provide you protection.
Food for thought:
During my 2-month lock-up, I recall a conversation I had with the Commanding Officer of the Brig (in the civilian world he would be considered the Warden)… He stated, “If the military is going to start prosecuting and jailing service members for “Adultery” we will have to build more Brigs! 

Another Navy Skipper to walk the plank

I want to thank Editor-in-Chief of, Ret. Maj Glenn Mac Donald for providing us the latest poll count.  So far this year the U.S. Navy has relieved 20 commanding officers. 

Glenn wonders if they will exceed its own record of firing 26 commanders in a 12th month period by December 31st.

Why does this concern me?   If you are aware of the travesty of injustice I encountered, you should not have to ask.

Let’s just wait and see how many of these 20 commanding officers face a court martial trial, get locked up in prison or be denied their military pension.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Coming Soon!!

I wanted to announce my website is up and running and you can view a sneak peek of my soon to be released memoir, "Broken Silence, A Military Whistle Blower's Fight for Justice"...

Yes it is a tell all!!