The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is urging an external investigation into the death of 21-year-old soldier, Pvt. Ana Basaldua Ruiz, who was found dead from an apparent suicide last Monday. Prior to her death, she allegedly reported sexual harassment and unwanted advances on Fort Hood military base. LULAC spokesperson Analuisa Tapia called for a transparent inquiry into these claims by an outside authority as soon as possible.
At a news conference earlier in the day at Fort Hood, General Sean C. Bernabe stated that their investigation had not discovered any signs suggestive of foul play and would thoroughly investigate all aspects leading up to Basaldua Ruiz’s untimely demise.
There are similarities between this case and Army Spc Vanessa Guillen’s passing in 2020; after disclosing being sexually harassed by fellow soldiers while stationed at Ft.Hood via family members before disappearing shortly thereafter only for her remains were later located two months later near the post with one suspect committing suicide afterwards amid allegations concerning structural flaws within army prevention programs regarding such incidents which sparked national dialogue about issues related specifically towards gender-based violence amongst servicemen/women across our nation’s armed forces.
As we continue to witness instances like this happening within our defense system directly impacting its personnel it becomes clear how much work needs doing around changing attitudes surrounding matters involving sexual misconduct both civilians/military alike can take action against including speaking out when witnessing anything inappropriate or unethical occurring anywhere they may be present thus raising awareness while also pushing forward ultimately lasting change needed addressing problems plaguing society today affecting numerous sectors life depending upon where people choose make their mark/voice heard either individually or collectively joining others making positive difference long term impact benefitting future generations still come over time ahead us always striving betterment regardless challenges face along way remembering never give hope dreams equal opportunity success anyone willing hard enough achieve them!