Something unexpected happened to C.Kimberly Toms. Or more, she walked into a trap she didn’t know existed. Then, instead of rescuing her, her country kind of failed her…over and over and over… To survive she had to save herself.
Patriotism is something Kimberly has long held dear. Her life has been a quiet spirituality of “God and country,” a spirituality that she shared with no one, wearing it silently close to her heart. This patriotism was borne of being a Navy daughter and an Air Force wife. As a military wife, she had babies on foreign soil and was sent to the farthest reaches of the country. She never complained. She adapted. Accepting that way of life is part of “God and country,” right?
Then, this thing…this thing that happened, the big terrible thing of which no one speaks. The thing got worse and worse…until a Joint Task Force investigation formed around her to stop her victimization. She was a victim to her country and her government knew it.
And then she was quietly swept under the rug. Swept into silence.
So what is the patriotic thing, to accept the sweeping and be quiet about it? Or to grab hold of the broom and resist the rug?
But when you are swept under a rug and knocked down by your country, isn’t the bigger story in how you bounce back? Can you be an American again? Can you get back to “God and country?” Or is that forever lost?
How much do we really want to know about ourselves, as citizens of this country? And isn’t being a good American standing up for what is right against all odds? Or is it taking the rug and letting it engulf you as you try to pretend everything will be okay?
Escaping Fed is a surprising tale of many twists and turns, a true crime story exposing the undergarments of our society.
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