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I Was Born Into The Army

October 31, 2016 by  
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by Sabrina Olazarra I was born into the army. My grandfather served in WWII and the Korean War and my father served during the Vietnam War Era. I grew up as a dependent in the US Army. I was one the lucky kids who got to see the world, Korea and all over Europe.  As […]

As You Wave On

September 27, 2016 by  
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This poem was written in Ramadi Iraq, 2005. At the end of a particularly gruesome day, feeling so many emotions, I became fixated on the lone American flag flying above our post. I became jealous of it’s materialistic nature that allowed it not to feel the great pains of war. AS YOU WAVE ON By […]

Women of the Civil War Recognized at Arlington Ceremony

September 19, 2016 by  
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Women who fought in the Civil War as combat soldiers were officially recognized in a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery on September 18, 2016. On hand, to help honor the service of the brave women, was our very own American Women Veterans executive director and founder Genevieve Chase. “A patriot’s heart knows no gender,” Chase […]

Report Confirms Services for Female Veterans Fall Short

September 25, 2014 by  
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“The DAV report closely tracks an Associated Press review in June that found serious shortcomings in how the VA cares for female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age. The AP review found that nearly one in four VA hospitals does not have a full-time gynecologist on staff, and that […]

“My Women in the Military Oral History Project”

December 26, 2013 by  
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In 1977 I was a JAG Officer stationed in Stuttgart, West Germany at VII Corps Headquarters, Kelley Barracks. The commander was Lt. Gen. Julius Becton. I was invited to a meeting one day and it was about the General’s plan to find out what the issues were for women in communities under his command. I […]

2013 NYC Veterans’ Day Parade 11.11.13

October 15, 2013 by  
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Make sure to “like” our new page on Facebook: Walk With AWV in NYC 11.11.13 This page will provide you with information on planning your trip to NYC, and real time information on the day of the parade.   UPDATE (10/29/13): AWV has received our official rally point! 26th street between Broadway & 5th. Vehicles […]

Female Marines celebrate 95 years in Corps

August 12, 2013 by  
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” There it was, her name, Opha May Johnson, simply penned on the applicant line of a Marine Corps Reserve form. Although she typically signed her name Opha M., this was an official document and her middle name was necessary. Her decision to fill out that form entered her into an exclusively male world and […]

The Modern Day Joan of Arc

July 12, 2013 by  
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I walked into the Microsoft office in suburban Washington, DC, with the attitude that I—the soldier named Susie—wasn’t really there. Instead, I was Joan of Arc—a young woman who found herself called to fight for a noble cause and who’d have to be an equal to men to do so. Playing this little mind game […]

Remembering Brig. Gen. Margaret A. Brewer

January 16, 2013 by  
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Brig. Gen. Margaret A. Brewer, the first woman to be promoted to brigadier general in the Marine Corps, passed away Jan. 2. Brewer cleared the way for future female Marines throughout her career, said Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps. “Throughout her three decades of service to our Corps and country, she […]

“Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”

January 6, 2013 by  
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My name is Mary Kay Riccardi. I wanted to join the Army for a while, but chickened out many times before I finally decided it was time. While I was in basic training, I was harassed by all my fellow soldiers. I was “too slow.” I was “too weak.” I never gave up, even when […]

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