It’s important to recognize that racial/ethnic minority Veterans’ experiences of MST occur against the backdrop of how they are treated in this country, the military, and this world as People of Color.
We were chosen for the harder tasks. Tasks that didn’t even need to be done. To carry a heavy load over a long distance which didn’t need to be carried. They would laugh at us and stuff. I was just scared to death of everyone in there.
I felt, and my fellow soldiers of color felt, isolated. We were not given leadership opportunities to be platoon leaders or assert ourselves in physical activities and other opportunities. We were just given a different set of standards and rules that we had to be last. Always last. Always last in the line, last in recognition, last in medical examinations, and last in the assignment of duties.
These experiences shape how MST is experienced, its impact, and Veterans’ recovery.