Her relationship to the military became even deeper when she learned that there were some 20,000 sexual assaults in the military each year, with only a few hundred prosecuted. She made it her mission to document people who had survived that trauma and “keep this out there so people are talking about it and people are horrified by it.” Learn More*
Women Veterans Health Care
VA Working to Make Women Veterans More Welcome, Visible
Maggie Castillotorres says it’s easy to feel invisible in society as a woman veteran, but she wasn’t expecting to have that experience when she walked into a Veterans Affairs hospital in San Diego.
“They said, ‘Are you here with your spouse? Are you the spouse of a veteran?'” she says. “It happened several times.” Learn More*
Bill Requiring VA Study of Women Veterans' Suicide Prevention Programs Heads to President Obama
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will have to look at whether its suicide prevention programs are meeting female veterans' needs under a California-led bill that passed the House on Tuesday afternoon. Learn More*
Brownley's Bill to Help Prevent Suicide Among Women Veterans Moves to President's Desk
The House passed a measure Tuesday evening aimed at finding and implementing the best ways to prevent suicide by female military veterans. It is now headed to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. Learn More*
Ernst Appaulds House Passage of Women Veterans Suicide Prevention Act
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran, today applauded passage of the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act (S. 2487) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senators Ernst, Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) in the House, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to identify the most effective programs and approaches in reducing suicide rates among female veterans. The bill previously passed the Senate and now, following House passage, heads to the President’s desk. Learn More*
Congress OKs Funding to Fill Gap in Women Vets' Care with Mobile Clinic
Congress has passed an appropriations bill to fund increased medical care for military veterans–particularly women–a burgeoning contingent of the vet population.
The fiscal year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, passed April 18 by the House and May 19 by the Senate, proposes to increase VA appropriations to $74.9 billion–an increase of $3.2 billion over last year. Learn More*
Women Pilots from WWII Can Have Their Ashes Place at Arlington
Female military pilots who served in WWII can officially have their ashes placed at Arlington National Cemetery after a decades-long fight. Learn More*
Groups Mobilize to Help Women Veterans
Representatives from the state of Oregon were in Brookings recently to find out how they can improve services for a group that often falls through the cracks — female veterans struggling with issues such as homelessness and suicide. Learn More*
Youngstown VA Host Free Event for Women Veterans
All female veterans were invited to attend the fifth biannual free Women Veterans Health Fair sponsored by the Youngstown VA Outpatient Clinic volunteers on Saturday.
The outreach event featured speakers on various topics such as relationships, spirituality, using laughter and humor for a healthy life and women’s health and safety topics. Learn More*
Reno VA Director Wants to Serve More Women Veterans
They have served our country since it was founded. Today, more than 200,000 American women serve as active duty military members. A woman serving her country is no longer uncommon, however the military's history has impacted how women identify themselves when they leave the service. Learn More*
More Must Be Done to Help Women Vets
Daughter, mother, wife, these are just some of the titles women have, but to women veterans these titles not only look, but can feel different when they transition back into civilian lives. There are approximately 214,098 women serving in the military, and a total of 1,853,690 women veterans as of 2013. Learn More*
Women Disproportionately Affected by Military Sexual Trauma
Though it is expected that military service generally confers risks, it may come as a surprise that sexual trauma is one of them–especially for women. A growing body of research finds disproportionately high rates of sexual assault among servicewomen. According to previous estimates, approximately 32% of female veterans and 5% of male veterans had positive screening results for sexual trauma that occurred during military service, and new findings by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) show that 41% of women who served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom experienced sexual trauma while there, compared to 4% of men. Learn More*
Women veterans Find Solace Through Houston Program
More female veterans call Texas home than any other state in the country, according to 2015 figures from the Department of Veterans Affairs. With six VA hospitals stationed here, state programs in place and a handful of nonprofits dedicated to serving female veterans, those veterans know there are resources to help them — in mind and body — as they transition back to the civilian world. Learn More*
VA Selects New Director of Center for Women Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the appointment of a new director of the Center for Women Veterans.
Kayla M. Williams assumed duties this week as director, serving as primary advisor to the secretary on department policies, programs and legislation that affect women veterans. Learn More*
Brockton VA Offers Pioneering Program for Women Vets Battling PTSD
On the fourth floor of Building 2 at the Brockton VA hospital, a group of eight women live together in close quarters, in what may seem like a college dormitory on first glance. Learn More*
Study: One in Ten Vets with Military Sexual Trauma End Up Homeless
For years, Michelle Fisher couldn't walk out of her front door without panic gripping her like a vise.
"It felt like I was still in Iraq, even though I was in Salt Lake," Fisher said. "I felt like, walking outside of my door, I needed to put on body armor and have a gun with me." Learn More*
Women Unite to Surpport Returning Women Veterans
Kentucky is home to 33,000 women who served in the military. As the number of women returning home increases, so, too, does the need for added support services. Learn More*
New U.S. Military Casualties: Vets Sickened by Burn Pits, including Fargo Woman
Melissa Gillett recalls the sickly sweet, nearly vomit-inducing smell during her runs around Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, where she served as a member of the Minnesota National Guard.
VA Names Five New Members to Advisory Committee on Women Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected five new members to join its advisory committee that advises the VA secretary on programs and current issues facing women veterans. Learn More*
GCC to Screen Film Focusing on Disabled Women Vets
As the U.S. military expands the roles female soldiers will be allowed to fill to include combat operations, Greenfield Community College’s Veterans Center and the local Disabled American Veterans chapter hope to raise awareness around the struggles many face after they’ve returned from the battlefield. Learn More*
Indiana Women Veterans' Conference Connects Vets from around the State
A special conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated Indiana’s female veterans. More than 200 active, reserve and veteran women came out today for the 2016 Indiana Women Veterans' Conference. Learn More*
"I'm in this war too!": U.S. Army's Women's Museum Gives Credit Where It's Due
It reads like a John le Carré novel. A young woman dresses as a man, enlists in the Army and engages in combat. Later, she becomes a spy, repeatedly crossing enemy lines disguised as an Irish peddler and a black laundress, among other identities. Learn More*
Lawmakers Say VA Healthcare is Failing Women Veterans
Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee are demanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs take steps to improve the care it delivers to women veterans, and say the VA still faces "challenges" in this area that need to be addressed. Learn More*
On the Horizon: Women WWII Pilots Closer to Gaining Entry to Arlington Cemetary
Elaine Harmon's ashes are one step closer to making what her family hopes will be their final journey from her daughter's bedroom closet in Maryland to a place more befitting a World War II heroine: Arlington National Cemetery.
Harmon, who served her country in the WASP — an acronym for the Women Airforce Service Pilots — during the war, died in April 2015 at the age of 95. Learn More*
Women Veterans Continue Making Strides for Service Recognition
From the Continental Army Soldier Deborah Samson to the first female Army Rangers, Capt. Kristen Griest and First Lt. Shaye Haver, American women have been serving in the U.S. Military for hundreds of years,” militarywoman.org reported. Learn More*
Legislation in Response to Hike in Women Veterans' Suicide Rate
Proposed legislation would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop gender-specific suicide prevention programs.
The “Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act” (H.R. 2915) directs the VA to identify mental health care and suicide prevention programs and metrics that are most effective in treating women veterans. Learn More*
Women Share Military Service Memories at Celebration
The word “trailblazers” was used to describe women veterans during the Women’s History Month event March 23 at the NAS Jacksonville chapel. This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is “Working to form a more perfect union: honoring women in public service and government.” The event was sponsored by the Multicultural Awareness Committee and featured seven female veteran speakers. Learn More*
Women Veterans Should Expect Highest Standard of Care from VA
When the U.S. military opened up all combat positions to women earlier this year, there were already more than 200,000 women — including me — serving in our armed forces. That number will grow as more women answer the call to serve. After we have done our duty and return home as veterans, what kind of life should we expect? Learn More*
Forging the Way: Vietnam Women Veterans Receive Recognition, 50-year Coins and Pins
Nearly 40 women veterans of the Vietnam War gathered in the Veterans Affairs (VA) Theater on Wednesday, March 16, to receive recognition of their service with a ceremony that included keynote speaker Ret. Col. Wanda Wright, director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, the first woman appointed to the position. Learn More*
Celebrating Women's History Month at the Bedford VA: The Angel of Veterans: Edith Nourse Rogers
As part of its celebration of Women’s History Month, the Bedford Veteran’s Hospital gave the community a chance to get to know its namesake, Edith Nourse Rogers. Dr. Patricia Fontaine, Clinical Associate Professor at UMass Lowell, shared her passion for Mrs. Rogers, discussing her background, her many accomplishments, and the historical context in which she worked. Learn More*
Air Force's First Woman Four-Star General Assessses a Changing Military
As Janet Wolfenbarger stepped off the bus taking her to the U.S. Air Force Academy, she saw the sign that said simply: "Bring Me Men."
Wolfenbarger was in the first class of women entering the Air Force Academy in June 1976 when the military finally allowed females to apply to the service academies. On the ramp leading to the cadet training area was the sign, adapted from an 1893 poem. Learn More*
'Censored on Final Approach' Remembers Flying Women of WWII
While Defense Secretary Ash Carter officially opened all combat roles in the U.S. military to women last December, that doesn't mean the new recruits will be greeted with hugs all around. In fact, a 2012 survey found that two of three male Marines and one of three female Marines opposed opening combat roles to women, The Washington Post reported earlier this month. Learn More*
Central Texas Group Allows Women Veterans to Give Back to the Community
Women veterans have spent the month of March celebrating the VA’s campaign “I’m One. I Served. I’m a Veteran.”
Last week, the group took photos of female veterans who came through the hospital lobby at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple. On Wednesday, they were back at the VA sorting through those photos and sharing information. Learn More*
Civilian Live Offers Multiple Challenges for Women Veterans in Duval: Survey Results Released
For women veterans in Duval County, finding adequate employment, financial stresses and mental health challenges are the leading barriers to building successful civilian lives after military service, according to the results of a recent survey. Learn More*
Women Veterans Can Find a Mentor Through American Corporate Partners
American Corporate Partners announced Monday a new mentoring program focusing solely on female veterans.
ACP and the Army Reserve signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the Women's Veteran Mentoring Program initiative that offers yearlong mentorships for transitioning female service members who have served at least 180 days since 9/11. Learn More*
Bound by the Uniform
Mary Bandini said it’s not uncommon for complete strangers to approach her and her husband when they see the U.S. Air Force sticker on the back of her car.
It is also not uncommon, she said, for those same people to drive her to “tears of fury” by belittling or dismissing her service to her country because she’s a woman. Learn More*
Vietnam-era Women Veterans: The Unknown Trauma
There were approximately 265,000 women who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War, with nearly 11,000 serving in parts of Southeast Asia. A new study is showing the lingering psychological effects their service has caused. Learn More*
Editorial: New Health Center for Connecticut's Women Veterans is Something to Cheer About
The Veterans Affairs Connecticut Medical Center in West Haven recently opened a more visible and accessible space dedicated to the health and welfare of female veterans.
The old space was located in the basement, where drab, industrial walls and corridors offered little welcome for female veterans seeking treatment. But the new space represents a huge shift in the delivery of care for female veterans. Learn More*
John Paradis: The Long History of Women in Combat in US
March is women’s history month but this past December, when Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that the Pentagon would open all combat jobs to women, I immediately thought that history had finally caught up to our government. Learn More*
Women Veterans Talk About Assault, Bias and Identity Crisis
They feel invisible.
Eight women veterans talked about glass ceilings, sexual assault in the military, sexism and other inequities in a Camarillo roundtable Thursday.
They talked most of all about a society that doesn't always seem to get that an estimated 2 million women served the country, many in combat. Learn More*
Mammography Added to Gainesville VA
It's a one-stop shop for one women's health clinic in North Central Florida. Mammography's are the latest addition to the VA hospital in Gainesville.
East Texans Raise Money for Cause Hoping to End Veteran Homelessness
There are currently 1.8 million women serving in the military, but what happens when it’s time to come home?
“When a woman comes back from the service between ages 18 to 44, there are 95% shelters that do not accept veteran women and that is unacceptable,” said Debra Christian, district 2 commander. Learn More*
First Lady Asks Women Veterans to Share Their Stories
First lady Michelle Obama wants women veterans to talk about themselves more.
“(Your stories) are so worth telling, and our girls, our granddaughters need to hear them,” she told a packed Statuary Hall during a Women’s History Month event at the Capitol on Wednesday. “If you are a woman veteran, if you have worn the uniform and served bravely, I want to ask you to stand tall.” Learn More*
First Women Thunderbird Pilot Helping to Showcase Women Veterans' Stories
She blazed the trail for future female fighter pilots who dream of flying for the Air Force’s elite Thunderbirds air demonstration team at Nellis Air Force Base.
Now Col. Nicole Malachowski is helping first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, founders of the Joining Forces Initiative, promote a social media campaign, #WomenVets, to showcase stories of women veterans. Learn More*
Women Vets Face Bigger Challenges After Military Service
Women make up a growing segment of the U.S. military but face unique challenges when they return to civilian life, experts say.
They have a higher national unemployment rate than their male peers when they try to join the workforce (8.3 percent compared with 6.9 percent). This is the opposite of the civilian workforce, where fewer women are jobless compared to men. Learn More*
Busy Tenino Mom is Ms. Veteran America, Representing Generations of Women Soldiers
When Capt. Kerri Turner made up her mind to compete for a title that would make her a symbol of the modern woman veteran, she called on the stories of female soldiers who came before her.
She wove a narrative linking women who’ve served on the front lines from the days of the American Revolution to today’s battlefields in Afghanistan. Her monologue stole the show and helped her earn the ceremonial role of Ms. Veteran America 2015. Learn More*
Women Pilots Unit Gains Support in Congress for Right to Arlington Burials
Shortly after Elaine D. Harmon died last April at the age of 95, her family found a letter in a fireproof box with explicit instructions: She wanted her ashes placed at Arlington National Cemetery. Learn More*
How Pharmacists Can Better Serve Older Women Veterans
Totaling more than 2 million, women comprise the fastest-growing group within the veteran population.
Pharmacists in Texas, California, Virginia, and Georgia may be more likely to encounter female veterans in their practice settings, given that these states have the highest numbers of women veterans, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Learn More*
Things People Say to Women Veterans
Over the years, I’ve experienced several laughable moments by the things people say to me and my fellow female veterans. Sometimes it can be really frustrating to be on the receiving end of the unrealistic views of family and friends regarding our military service, our jobs and the very real danger every American soldier faces, regardless of gender. Learn More*
Women in the Armed Forces: Where Can We Go From Here?
I’m always interested in new developments - be they locations, events, or legislatures - that affect my fellow veterans. This holds true whether the news is good or bad, and I’ve written about a number of different issues that today’s veterans are currently facing. Learn More*
The Women Pilots We Betrayed
DURING World War II, Elaine Danforth Harmon was stationed at an Army air base in Las Vegas. Her job was to fly a two-seat aircraft with men who had been overseas and needed a refresher course in “instrument flying” — navigating by compass and altimeter, instead of by the landscape. Ms. Harmon served as a lookout “to make sure that we didn’t run into any other airplanes,” she told me. Learn More*
StoryCorps Seeks Women Veterans to Talk Life and War
If you’re a military veteran, chances are you’ve had unique experiences — and StoryCorps wants to hear them.
StoryCorps — a nonprofit oral history project that records and archives stories from anyone who wants to share them — will be holding interviews for its ongoing Military Voices Initiative Project on March 6-8 on the 10th floor of the IT-oLogy Building at 1301 Gervais St. Learn More*
The Department of Veterans Affairs Has a Lot of Catching Up to do for Women Vets
Women can now serve in all military jobs, combat roles included, which means that more and more veterans are going to be female. Which means that the Department of Veterans Affairs and its medical system have an awful lot of work to do to prepare. Learn More*
Editorial: Brownley's Legislation Raises Awareness of Suicides Among Women Veterans
Rep. Julia Brownley has won unanimous House approval of her first solo piece of legislation. It will come as no surprise to those who have followed her career in Washington that it is focused on veterans.
The Westlake Village Democrat introduced a House resolution about the growing problem of women veterans' suicides. It was passed by the House on Tuesday. If the Senate passes its version, then the two bills will be matched, re-approved by the two houses and sent to the president. Learn More*
Is the VA Ready for an Influx of Women Veterans?
It's been a big few months for women in the armed forces. In December, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that for the first time, all military jobs would be open to women—including elite combat positions. On February 4, following the advice of top officials in the Army and Marine Corps, House Republicans introduced legislation that would require women to register for the draft. Learn More*
Study of Women Veterans Suicide Would Be Required, Under New Legislation
The Veterans Affairs Department needs to better understand the problem of suicide among female veterans and determine how best to treat at-risk women, according to a bill passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
The Female Veterans Suicide Prevention bill, HR 2915, would require VA to identify mental health and suicide prevention programs that are most effective for women veterans, who die by suicide at six times the rate of nonveteran women. Learn More*
Bill to Help Vets with Mental Healthcare Passes House
A bill that helps service members get access to better physical and mental health care has cleared the House of Representatives. The measure, the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act, was partially inspired by a Coronado soldier who killed himself in 2013. Learn More*
Air Force Vet: VA is Committed to Women Veterans
Shortly after retiring from a 29-year career in the military, U.S. Air Force Veteran Jackie Murdock pulled into a congested parking lot of what was then known as the Dunedin, Fla. Community Based Outpatient Clinic. She managed to find what seemed to be the last parking spot, shut off the engine and preceded through the clinic entrance.
Once inside, she quickly became engulfed by the sounds of the busy clinic. As she made her way to check-in for her first appointment, it became very apparent to her that she was the only female patient in the building. Learn More
House Passes Bill Focused on Mental Health of Women Veterans
Under a House bill passed Tuesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs would have to look closely at whether its mental health and suicide prevention programs meet the needs of the growing number of female veterans.
A study released over the summer found that women who have served in the military commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of those in the civilian population. Learn More*
Local VA Event Highlights Programs for Women
When retired Army veteran Christana Frazier, moved to Tuscaloosa in 1996 from Texas, she went to the Tuscaloosa Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center to receive care.
She said in that time, the VA didn’t quite know what to do with women veterans, but now the VA offers a multitude of women’s programs. Learn More*
VA Offering Specialized Program for Women Veterans
There's a growing number of women veteran, so more programs designed specifically for them are being created, but not a lot of women veterans know about them or think they qualify.
This past year, the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain and its outpatients clinics served over 1,100 female patients. Their goal is to enhance women's health care by offering specialized programs. Learn More*
Cleveland VA Will 'Go Red for Women' Friday
The Cleveland VA Medical Center is joining the nation in celebrating National Go Red Day to educate women Veterans about the risks of heart disease – the leading cause of death in American women and women Veterans, according to the American Heart Association. Learn More*
Tuscon VA Opens Cardiovascular Clinic Just for Women
Women veterans in southern Arizona have a new resource at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.
It's a cardiovascular clinic for women, and it's the first one of its kind in the entire VA system. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Many women, including those who have served the United States, do not know the risks or the symptoms. Learn More*
Women Veteran on the Brinks of Homelessness Gets Help
Jaime Lutts loved her career in the U.S. Navy.
She deployed with USS Carl Vinson to the Persian Gulf and spent years working in air traffic control.
But after six years, Lutts said she was ready for a change. But after her transition to civilian life, Lutts found herself on the brink of homelessness. Learn More*
Women Warriors Have Special Health Needs, Researchers Report
Women veterans are more at risk for lower life satisfaction, lung cancer, cognitive decline and hip fractures than non-veteran women, the Women’s Health Initiative reported in a new study.
The initiative published the study in the current issue of The Gerontologist just two months after the Obama administration announced all military roles will be open to women by April 1. Learn More*
New Women's Health Center at New Haven VA Officially Open
More than 25 years after the original women's clinic opened at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center here, staff and female veterans, many of whom have been around since the beginning, celebrated the official opening of the new VA Connecticut Women's Health Center.
But the celebration wasn't as much about the new space — though direly needed — as it was about the meaning of it. Learn More*
One Stop Service Location for Women Veterans
Beginning this month, the Women Veterans Alliance will begin conducting workshops for women veterans on the 4th Thursday of every month. A variety of services and resources will be available, including assistance with VA Benefits, Education, Career Help, Legal and Financial Advice, and much more. Learn More*
Making a Difference: Lexington Non-Profit Helps Women Veterans
One Lexington home is being renovated to help female veterans.
The house, located on North Lexington’s Deporres Avenue, is being transformed into a home for homeless female veterans and it is the first of its kind in the state. Learn More*
Beloved Woman Veteran Passes Peacefully in Her Sleep at 108
The Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center's office says World War II Veteran Alyce Dixon passed away peacefully in her sleep today at the age of 108.
The Center says that Ms. Dixon was a "high-spirited" and "fun-loving" local celebrity. Learn More*
Journal Shares Discoveries on Women Veterans' Long Term Health Outcomes
A new supplemental issue of The Gerontologist contains 13 articles by Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers and colleagues looking at differences in aging and mortality between veteran and non-veteran women.
The findings are taken from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), a long-term study funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and begun in 1991. The study included more than 3,700 women veterans among nearly 162,000 postmenopausal women from 40 centers across the U.S. WHI researchers collected data on health status, disease, health behaviors, and social and psychological factors, following the women for more than two decades. Learn More*
Online Program Helps Women Vets Manage Postpartum Depression
A University of Iowa researcher is reporting positive results from an online program to help female veterans cope with postpartum depression.
The online intervention, called MomMoodBooster, is funded by the Veterans Affairs Department's Office of Rural Health and the VA Office of Women's Health Services, according to an announcement. Learn More*
Blind Women Veterans Enjoy Holiday Party
"I wasn’t afraid because I can’t see,” quipped Korean War veteran Josephine Kraus when asked about her skydiving adventure. Kraus and 15 other sight-impaired lady veterans shared stories at a recent party, put on twice a year by the American Legion Auxiliary in Peoria.
Bill Gives WWII Women Pilots Arlington Cemetary Rights
A bipartisan House bill would allow the remains of some woman pilots who served during World War II to once again be honored at Arlington National Cemetery. Learn More*
Congresswoman Fights Ban on Burying Women WWII Pilots at Arlington
Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., on Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow the cremated remains of women who flew non-combat missions during World War II to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
The WASP Arlington Inurnment Restoration Act would overturn former Army Secretary John McHugh's decision earlier this year to not allow the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, to be inurned at the storied cemetery. Learn More*
Women WWII Vets are Barred from Arlington National Cemetary
A rule change is keeping a group of female U.S. pilots who flew noncombat missions during World War II from having their ashes laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
The women, known as WASPs, served in a special unit called Women Airforce Service Pilots. They flew noncombat missions to free up male pilots for combat. Learn More*
Q5: VA Values Its Commitment to Women Veterans
Stacey Askew is the executive assistant to the director for VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. In this Quick 5 interview she discusses the VA Women's Health Clinic in Leavenworth. Learn More*
Homeless Veterans Surviving Rape and Indifference
Mary Calvert has deep ties to the military: Her grandfather was John F. Kennedy’s commander during his famed service on PT-109, and her parents met in the Army during the Korean War. For the last 19 years, Ms. Calvert has taught a workshop for military photographers at Fort Meade.
Fort Meade: Women Veterans Giving Back
When Julie Gallant was a hospital corpsman in the Navy, she had difficulty with her male colleagues.
"As I went up in rank, I had problems with sailors, mostly men," said Gallant, who separated from the U.S. Navy Reserve as hospital corpsman chief in 1999. "Fellow sailors did not want to move as quickly when directions were given until I raised my voice and stood my ground. It changed after that."
Today, Gallant is a veteran and a health care tech at Fort Meade's VA Outpatient Center, which is one of six-community based clinics that are part of the VA Maryland Health Care System throughout the state. Learn More*
CLC Unveils Women Veteran Wall
The Community Living Center (CLC) at VA North Texas Health Care Center recently unveiled a Women Veterans Wall of Honor, celebrating the service and sacrifice of our Nation’s female Veterans.
“The goals of this project are to honor and recognize our women Veterans, educate them about VA services available to them, and ultimately, reduce the number of advanced gynecologic cancers in the aging, female Veteran population,” said Geriatrics & Extended Care Physician Assistant Pam Korzeniowski, PA-C, one of the event planners. “This wall has been a labor of love from everyone who works here.” Learn More*
Women Veterans Brave Unemployment and Homelessness
In her first tour to Iraq in 2006, Sgt. Mutiara Santiago volunteered to train with 11 other women to search Iraqi women and handle detainees. Right before deployment, her mission changed, and she was among the first women to be in a field artillery unit.
Yet, her life as a soldier in Iraq wasn’t quite as challenging as what she faced at home. This past May, after her professional peak and 11 years of active service, she returned to Washington state a single mother, unemployed and homeless. Learn More*
Homeless Women Veteran Gets a New Lease on Life
A home for the holidays. Homeless women veterans living in Western Massachusetts got the help they need to heal from serious trauma.
Women Veterans Stories' Preserved in Virginia Beach Exhibit
During World War II, Therese Hughes' mother was an officer in the Navy's WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. But her mother never talked about her time, and Hughes knew nothing of her service until years after Hicks died in 1977.
Hughes, now a photojournalist, has spent the past five years interviewing servicewomen in a project called, "The Military Women: WWII to Present," which includes a photo exhibit that opened earlier this month at the Tidewater Community College and City of Virginia Beach Joint Use Library. Learn More*
Housing Project to Serve Women Veterans
The Felician Sisters are working with the Erie County American Legion to complete a new housing project for homeless female veterans.
Anne Baglio, president of the ECAL Veterans for Veterans Inc., said the nonprofit organization wanted to do something for homeless women veterans because oftentimes their needs are unknown to the community. Learn More*
Women Veterans Honored at Legacy Park
Malibu resident Marjorie Dukatz was only 15 when World War II began, but was involved in many facets before enlisting in the Marine Corps at 20.While in school, she was recruited as a lookout to identify any foreign planes that passed by. After graduating high school, she became a “Rosie the Riveter” and started building airplanes. Learn More*