The Female Veteran

Ty Will

Book Cover

GENRE

MEMOIR

    Core Theme

    TRUST AND HEALING AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT

    TIME PERIOD

    19th Century

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER, A FEW GOOD MEN

    CHARACTER LIST

    • TY WILL: 35. LEAD. ANGRY, RELIGIOUS, OUTSPOKEN VETERAN. SHE WAS ABUSED BY HER SARGENT WHILE ON DUTY.

    • HEDI TAYLOR: 56. A SOCIAL WORKER WHO HELPS TY CHANGE HER LIFE. HONORABLE, SOPHISTICATED, ENGAGING, GRACIOUS.

    Logline

    This is the story of a female veteran on a secret mission with a ruthless Sargent. Learn how one man changed the life of this female veteran.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Female leaning

    Setting

    Texas

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Year Published: 2013

    Starting Description

    This is a true story about the life of a female veteran sexually assaulted by her Sargent. How she overcame and continues to struggle with the aftermath of the assault.

    Ending Description

    One counselor at the VA saw her and facilitated her needs to overcome the assault.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Sexual Abuse, Language/Profanity, Extreme Violence, Nudity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain

    Main Character Details

    Name: The Female Veteran

    Age: 24

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Honorable, Faithful, Engaging, Complex, Unapologetic, Outspoken, Blunt, Aspiring

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Sargent

    Age: 30

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Aggressive, Criminal, Leader, Skillful, Villainous

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Counselor

    Age: 56

    Gender: Female

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Gracious, Honorable, Unapologetic, Visionary, Educated, Empathetic, Flexible, Selfless, Sophisticated, Engaging, Outspoken, Perseverance

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Brief

    True story. When a female veteran undergoes therapy for sexual assault by a superior officer, the VA causes her more harm than healing - until the vet meets a social worker that helps her change her life.

    What We Liked

    - Strong female lead and strong female supporting character;
    - Personal healing from a specific, traumatic event; one that’s not often seen, MST (military sexual trauma).
    - Relevant to today’s audience;
    - Unique storytelling, as It's set up as therapist notes about the patient during various sessions, and then the patient’s feeling around that time;
    - With a satisfying ending and mounting conflict, internally and externally, Ty’s story is a solid single protagonist narrative.
    - The protagonist is flawed, complex, and interesting.

    Synopsis

    Ty Will begins to seek out therapy for an MST - military sexual trauma - in 2002, but has a hard time trusting any of her doctors. Some of them don’t take her seriously and judge her instead. While she actively seeks out help, she is treated more as the perpetrator than the victim, and her efforts to find some justice for her superior officer raping her are met with rejection rather than fairness.

    Ty’s health, mentally and physically, continues to decline as time goes on and she is unable to trust enough to express what really happened to her to any of her doctors. It also isn’t of any help that the VA continually switches doctors, she is given medications rather than tools to cope, and Ty’s own anger issues prevent her from being able to receive the help she desperately seeks. It becomes clear to Ty that there is no place for female veterans like her that experience MST within the VA system, and she is re-triggered multiple times by the lack of sufficient care and therapies for women veterans with MST.

    Ty meets a social worker, Hedi Taylor, that hears and genuinely cares for her. Ty finally reveals the disturbing and traumatic assault she endured at the hands of her superior officer. Rather than suggesting medicine, Hedi helps Ty learn mindfulness practices as she understands the VA is not fully supporting Ty healing process. Ty is discharged and lives a happier life, thankful to Hedi and the VA for starting to implement a women’s health coordinator at every hospital.

    About The Author

    Ty Will served in the Army Reserves from 1987-1989, and went into Active Duty from 1989-1992. She served on a secret Drug Interdiction Mission and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal in 1991. Through her determination, she sought out treatment for an MST and remained vocal about the lack of proper support for female veterans in the VA system, helping to shape the state of women's healthcare in the VA today.