“The Sparta Project is one of our most compelling programs within the Yontz Valor Foundation. Sparta invites warriors and first responders to a five-day Cohort (any group of soldiers or warriors) to “transform the stress and trauma caused by war and violence into resiliency, empowerment, and individual greatness.”
I was honored to join a Female Cohort in November, 2018. The week was about addressing post-traumatic stress and suicidal thoughts with self-awareness, meditation, goal-setting, and group accountability. The exercises addressed problem-solving as a team, paralleling our day to day struggles in the civilian world.
Beyond what men face in our ranks, women warriors endure sexual harassment on a daily basis. In the USA, 20% of our women in uniform report rape by their peers. 40% report being harassed sexually. Our military has an obligation and opportunity to teach men that each man alone is responsible for his physical needs. Our women are in battle 24/7 facing the same obstacles as men. They have the daunting challenge of balancing career, personal safety, children at home, and an outdated male-dominated culture.