Laurie Simms Secretary,
As we reflect on our female military during March’s Women’s History Month, their contributions are as varied as the occupational specialties in which they serve. I remember as a young girl hearing about the first female cadets being accepted into West Point the year before I graduated high school. I took a different path than that pioneering class and served my country domestically and internationally as an Intelligence Analyst. There were very few women serving our country in this capacity so I stayed on my toes learning about enemy strategies and our armed response. My last duty station was teaching at the Intelligence Center and School and I was pleasantly surprised to see more female students learning this role.
It’s inspiring to see so many young women follow in the path to protect and defend our great country. We can take those military skills and apply many of them to our post-military lives. The Veterans Administration is also providing much more female-oriented support than in years past. I’m very proud of the the efforts made by I HONOR YOUR SERVICE TO AMERICA to provide comfort care packages to our deployed troops. They are thousands of miles away from home, in different time zones, and surrounded by a culture that does not necessarily hold fast to our own American values. We cannot forget them during these times of stress and uncertainty.
However you decide to support I HONOR YOUR SERVICE TO AMERICA, please realize that our female military is very grateful for this assistance. I am proud to serve on its board.
Some photos by Leland White