Veterans Day: Today we honor women’s role in the military

Today we honor all veterans who served our country. However, we would like to specifically highlight the role of women in the armed services. 

In 1950, the percentage of women in uniform was just 2 percent. Today, of the 1.4 million service members on active duty, about 14 percent are women the US Department of Defense reported. 

Below find some articles on Women Veterans and their role in the armed services: 

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Women’s role in Vietnam honored on Veterans Day

The annual Veterans Day observance will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and will honor the women who served and led the way for the expansion of roles of women in the military. Read the full article here.

Female combat veterans find relaxation, support on the links

Flashbacks and post-traumatic stress from combat were trapping one Ohio female veteran in her home.

Judy Sallerson, whose Army unit was hit by a series of  mortar attacks in Iraq, had been sent to Walter Reed Medical Center outside Washington  in 2010 where she recovered for two years. For nearly a year of that time she didn’t do much at all and stayed inside, she said. Read the full article here.

Women Vets: A Battle All Their Own 

While female service members confront the same problems as male veterans, they also face distinct struggles as women. Meet two brave women on their emotional journey from the front lines back home. Read the full article here.

Eileen Merullo, other female veterans honored at State House

Lieutenant Eileen Merullo, a World War II veteran, was awarded the Deborah Sampson award. During the war, Merullo was stationed at the Walter Reed amputation center in Bethesda, Md. She joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1944 after graduating from Boston University. A registered physical therapist, she helped wounded veterans. Read the full article here.

Happy Veterans Day!

Photo credit: Oregon.Gov

 

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