(Lila Holley 3rd from left)

As we come off the Memorial Day weekend, during which we spend time remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, The New York Times published an article featuring stories of African Americans who serve in our military but are often passed over for promotions and high ranking positions in the Armed Forces.

The article titled "African-Americans Are Highly Visible in the Military, but Almost Invisible at the Top" written by Helene Cooper tells the history of African Americans and their service in the Armed Forces and features this startling fact:

Some 43 percent of the 1.3 million men and women on active duty in the United States military are people of color. But the people making crucial decisions, such as how to respond to the coronavirus crisis and how many troops to send to Afghanistan or Syria, are almost entirely white and male. - Helene Cooper, New York Times

The article goes into great detail on explaining the reasoning behind this and while there are no perfect answers as of yet. It's a discussion worth having.

Central Texas Veteran and Former Chief Warrant Officer Lila Holley - the author of the "Camouflaged Sisters" book series which shares stories from women about their military experiences - is featured in the article sharing her thoughts on the situation as well.

If you have time, check out the article at the button below.