Samantha Bee Tackles Problems Female Vets Face In New 'Full Frontal' Clip
The debate over whether women should be allowed to fight in the military has raged on for years. So it was refreshing to see that, in December, Washington finally opened all combat roles to women. There are still some more battles to be fought, however, for women in the military. Specifically, when it comes to healthcare for female veterans. And, in a new clip of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee , host Samantha Bee tackles the struggles female veterans face for the most basic healthcare.
Bee talks to an expert well-acquainted with the VA hospital infrastructure— which has faced criticism in the past — to assess the sort of care that women who have served our country receive. Jackie Maffucci, the Research Director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, confirms to the late-night host that, when it comes to progress serving women veterans, the institutions are moving at a predictably glacial government pace. But, looking on the, ehh, bright side, the hospitals have been "on the faster side of slow." As Bee quips, this would make a pretty great t-shirt slogan, but it really doesn't inspire much confidence.
Say you lose a limb, what then? Well, ask Army Sgt. Brenda Reed, who lost her own foot in the line of duty. When Reed turned to VA doctor for a prosthetic, she was sent a men's model. At least they gave her an extra knee, which is a total bargain! Two knees for the price of one! (JK... this is actually a not-so-great deal.)
Clearly, this is another example proving that women's health needs to be more of a priority in all branches of government. Feel that? Oh, that's just the aftershock of Samantha Bee's truth-bomb.
If we're lucky, it won't take the VA as long to update their services as it took for the federal government to decide that women could serve their country. Until then, I'm unreasonably happy to live in a world with Samantha Bee, whose talent for lampooning the patriarchy is greatly appreciated. Catch more patriarchy-toppling comedy on Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Mondays at 10:30 E.T. / 9:30 C.T. on TBS.
This post is sponsored by Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, airing Mondays at 10:30 E.T. / 9:30 C.T. on TBS.
Correction: An earlier version of this article identified Jackie Maffucci as a "VA Official." Her correct title is Research Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.