FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Family of Sgt 1st Class Allison Bailey and Veteran Sisters to hold press conference
RENO, Nevada, May 12, 2023 - The family of Sgt 1st Class Allison Bailey and Veteran Sisters, a nonprofit organization advocating for female veterans, will be hosting a press conference on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at 11:00 AM. The event will take place at 685 Plumb Lane, Reno, Nevada near the Nevada National Guard recruiting center..
The press conference aims to seek justice and answers for the late Sgt 1st Class Allison Bailey, who was demoted, received a bad conduct discharge, and tragically died after reporting a rape to her Chain of Command in the Nevada National Guard.
Despite previous assurances, the Nevada National Guard recently rescinded their invitation to meet with Felicia, Allison's mother, leaving her and the family with unresolved questions and concerns about the circumstances surrounding Allison's demotion, discharge, and subsequent death.
Veteran Sisters and the family of Allison Bailey are calling upon the community to show their support for Allison and other military sexual trauma (MST) survivors who have been mistreated after reporting. Supporters are encouraged to gather at the press conference location at 10:00 AM ahead of the event.
While the gathering is not a protest, it is a firm stand for justice, transparency, and systemic change within the military. For active military personnel interested in participating in civic actions and supporting their fellow service members, Veteran Sisters provides resources and guidelines on their website to ensure they are informed about their rights and responsibilities.
The press conference will be an important occasion for Allison's family, Veteran Sisters, and the community to come together in solidarity with MST survivors and to call for a thorough investigation into the Nevada National Guard's handling of Allison's case.
For further information and updates, visit www.veteransisters.org.
About Veteran Sisters: Veteran Sisters is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting female veterans. Founded by veterans, the organization provides resources, support, and advocacy for women who have served in the U.S. military.
Vice President, Veteran Sisters
With the upcoming press conference on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, held by the family of Sgt 1st Class Allison Bailey and Veteran Sisters, we want to make sure all service members who wish to attend are well-informed about their rights and responsibilities.
According to Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1325.06, "Handling Dissident and Protest Activities Among Members of the Armed Forces," there are certain considerations active-duty personnel need to bear in mind when engaging in civic actions:
Off-Duty Participation: Service members have the right to attend public meetings or demonstrations as a spectator when off-duty and out of uniform, provided they do not engage in conduct that discredits the Armed Forces or gives the impression of official sponsorship or endorsement.
Political Activities: Ensure your participation does not give the impression of military endorsement. Avoid wearing your uniform or anything identifying you as an active-duty military member. Make it clear that your views are your own, not those of the Department of Defense.
Avoid Disruptive Behavior: Any disruptive behavior or violations of local laws can be grounds for disciplinary action. You should maintain a peaceful and respectful demeanor at all times.
While DoDI 1325.06 applies specifically to National Guard Service members in a title 10 duty status under federal command and control, other laws and regulations may apply to National Guard personnel in a non-federalized duty status.
Legal Disclaimer: The information in this blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. While we strive to provide accurate information, laws and regulations may vary, and the information shared here may not be applicable to every individual's specific circumstances. Service members should consult with a qualified legal professional or their local JAG office for advice pertaining to their unique situation.
Remember, our goal at the press conference is to seek justice and answers for the late Sgt 1st Class Allison Bailey and to stand in solidarity with military sexual trauma (MST) survivors. We are not there to protest but to demand justice, transparency, and systemic change within the military.
We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you there.
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