Still Waiting … is a powerful memoir about a whistleblowers fight for justice from the California National Guard.
When she enlisted in the National Guard in 1996, Janetra Johnson thought she was making a smart move. Not only was she proud to serve the country she loves, it also seemed like a lucrative career path full of job satisfaction and camaraderie.
Little did she know.
In her memoir, Janetra chronicles a time in the National Guard in which there were two major National Guard scandals surrounding President George W. Bush performance. In the book, Janetra connects the dots between the financial scandals in the Texas and California National Guard, the two largest Guard states in the United States, and its whistleblowers.
The first scandal involving the National Guard was brought to light by Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, who claimed top officials in the Texas National Guard removed performance records from George W. Bush’s National Guard file to bolster his chances in his 2004 run for President against John Kerry.
The second scandal involving the National Guard was brought to light by MSgt Janetra Johnson, who claimed top officials in the California National Guard destroyed a 2005 performance evaluation policy to conceal Bush’s performance as Commander-in-Chief during the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars. Janetra argues in her book, the National Guards performance evaluation policy had an adverse impact on black soldiers during those wars.
Since leaving the service, Janetra has spent a lot of time investigating the background behind her mistreatment. What she has discovered will alarm and anger you. In Still Waiting…, she tells you how her discrimination claims were blocked from the beginning by the Feres Doctrine, which denies the review of claims, and how she discovered a web of intrigue and deceit within the National Guard, which not only broke the law when administering its performance evaluation policy, but also destroyed and falsified documentary evidence after the fact to cover up its actions.
This memoir is important because it exposes the offhand and cavalier manner in which the National Guard treats brave men and women who serve in the United States military while those in charge, all the way up to the Pentagon, seek to cover their backs through obfuscation.
Janetra Johnson rightfully feels aggrieved at the way she has been treated, but by reading this memoir and demonstrating your support, you can help her right a most terrible wrong.