By Eric Pera
March 11, 2017
The Heart program exists through the generosity of Ledger readers who recognize the need for a fund of last resort for families — neighbors — in crisis, usually because of severe illness, injury or loss of job. The program also assists seniors living on limited incomes.
Janet Williams, at her apartment in Winter Haven, is an Army Veteran with medical issues and loss of job. Pierre DuCharmeWINTER HAVEN — South Korea seemed a million miles away from Janet Williams' world in New York.
It was 1996. She was 25. She'd just received her first deployment as a new Army recruit. Korea was considered a "hardship tour," a place with substandard living conditions compared to the United States. It came with extra pay, but such tours are lengthy.
Her's lasted a year. Turns out Korea wasn't so bad. It was her fellow soldiers she had to fear.
Williams says she was sexually assaulted six months after arriving in Korea. Aside from the humiliation, she received a head injury severe enough to cause migraines. Stress, combined with her injuries, led to PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, and multiple sclerosis.
As a result, Williams qualified for medical retirement and disability pay. She said she left the Army after serving approximately 3½ years.
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