It was the photo that caught James Rogers’ attention.
There it was, in one of those triangle-shaped frames that often carry U.S. flags, visible on a table behind retired Cpl. Liz Roberts. Roberts, a retired Army veteran, was speaking in a video posted on the website of Missourians for Patient Care, which is seeking to put an initiative on the November ballot to legalize medical marijuana.
“I am retired due to a spinal cord injury,” Roberts says, seated in a wheelchair. Medical marijuana, she says, “gives patients like me hope.”
Rogers watched the video and focused immediately on the photo.
He has one just like it.
It is of the 82nd Special Troops Battalion. Rogers, who lives in Pevely and is a retired disabled veteran, was a platoon sergeant in that unit. The photo was taken in Afghanistan.
Liz Roberts isn’t in it. Douglas Roberts is. That’s who Liz was during her eight years in the Army. That’s who served under Rogers’ command.
The video that was used to promote a ballot initiative was misleading at best.
If this were a simple case of a transgender soldier transitioning after service, Rogers wouldn’t care. But it’s not. The problem is that Roberts’ stories change