Brian Lewis joined the Navy in 1997. After basic military training on the Great Lakes, he was stationed in Florida and Connecticut before being shipped to Pearl Harbor for 2 years. After his time in Pearl Harbor, Brian served on the USS Frank Cable before being discharged in 2001 for a “personality disorder”. Brian has since received a Masters degree. He is also is a student attorney working with VA claims, and is a public speaker on the topic of Military Sexual Trauma.
Brian shares a bit of his back story, including services date, places and some of the events that occurred during his time in service. He also gives a short look at some of the accomplishments he’s achieved since leaving the military.
Airial and Brian discuss rape, statistics surround male and female cases, as well as homosexuality in the military during the “don’t ask, don’t tell” era.
He takes a moment to debunk some myths of homosexuality in the military and shed some light on other related forms of discrimination.
Brian gives a small behind the curtain look at why his presentations are raw, and a bit different from previous presentations on the same topic.
Airial and Brian talk about Bystander Syndrome in the military, they also discuss suicide prevention, and the lack of care and acknowledgment among the brothers and sisters of the military.
Brian Shares a book with Airial that he feels will shine light on the topics at hand, and leaves the listener with words of encouragement.
“Sometimes you just have to be gentle with yourself”
“No matter how much your voice shakes when you speak the truth, you still come forward and speak the truth”
“No matter how much you want to deny yourself, you still have to stand up and be true and authentic to yourself”
“We’ve been reaching the same people over and over again, it’s time to actually look at diversifying that effort”
“Part of the culture that we need to reestablish is that the military is a family and we are our brother and sister’s keeper”
“I enjoy the heavy discussions, because it’s in those heavy discussions that we find out the most about ourselves”