“War is a very indiscriminate villain," said General Hal Hornburg, US Air Force Retired, going on to say that in battlefields of the past, these men and women would not have survived the severe wounds that they come home with today.
"And rather than give them a pat on the back," said Hornburg, "we try to give them mobility, which results in freedom and allows them to return to society as productive as they can possibly be."
On Wednesday, Air Force investigators announced the findings of their probe into cases of sexual assault by military training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Since January 1, 2012, dozens of cases have been uncovered; five instructors have been convicted, one was punished for military violations, and General Edward Rice, Commander of the Air Education Training Command, said dozens of other charges are being considered.
The Deputy Commander for the Joint Base San Antonio network of installations said the city and military are connected in ways that cannot be counted. A recently released study showed the military had an economic impact of $27.7 billion in 2011.
Leaders say it’s only the statistical side of the equation, and when examining the social side of the issue, Dr. Steve Nivin of the SABÉR Research Institute, who studied the fiscal impact, said the overall impact seems immeasurable.