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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    and since the observance includes Valentine s Day the week encourages Americans from all walks of life to send greetings to veterans at local VA medical centers and to visit the veterans there Valentines for Veterans started in 1989 with help from renowned newspaper columnist Ann Landers and support from various Department of Veterans Affairs VA secretaries The program is still a holiday tradition 19 years later In addition to preparing and delivering Valentines making a visit to personally thank some veterans at your local VA medical center is also highly encouraged To send completed cards or to volunteer to visit veterans contact the Voluntary Service Director at your local VA medical facility To locate a VA medical center near you visit the facilities locator page on the VA s Web site For more information about the National Salute to Hospitalized veterans visit the VA s Web site Deployed Military Another way to show you care this holiday is to send Valentine greetings to America s deployed military members From care packages and cards to adopting a soldier there are many ways to show support for our servicemembers There are numerous homefront groups that can help send your notes The

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/ValentineFeat.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    one on this page created for your use during this initiative is a graphic link that will take you to a secure online donation page powered by Network for Good Once there you simply fill out the donation form and your donation 10 minimum will automatically be designated for the Women s Memorial Foundation Although donors are welcome to give via the Charity Badge more than once duplicate donations from the same individual will be counted only once Because the key to being one of the top eight Charity Badges is the number of individual donors we need your help to spread the word about the challenge and to share our Charity Badge site information We encourage you to tell your family and friends about this special opportunity and share access to the Women s Memorial Foundation Charity Badge by providing them with the link so that they too may donate by clicking on our Charity Badge In order for individual donations for the Women s Memorial Foundation to be counted toward the Challenge donors MUST make their donations via the Charity Badge on this page Just like traditional donations to the Women s Memorial Foundation donations made via our

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    readiness as well as musical entertainment provided by the 2007 Military Idol winner SPC Vicki Golding DC ARNG Food Fun Friends at Reunion Program The next day the celebration moved to the DC National Guard Armory where 1 100 servicewomen gathered for food and fun with friends old and new In addition to some 20 exhibitors on hand a satellite Women s Memorial Gift Shop and remarks by two senior military women Reunion goers also had the opportunity to dance sing and make memories The Official Anniversary Ceremony On Saturday Nov 3 some 1 700 people gathered outside the Memorial for the official 10th Anniversary program The US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps lead the way for the Armed Forces Color Guard which opened the ceremony which included remarks by several DoD officials including Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Gordon Mansfield and a keynote address by Secretary of Defense Robert M Gates One of the highlights of the ceremony something that has become a tradition at Women s Memorial events was the Voices of the Women portion of the program Of the seven women who spoke on behalf of their services Vietnam veteran and former Army nurse Marsha Four captured not only the spirit of the day but the true spirit behind the Women s Memorial and the women it honors As we begin to slowly move into what will be our past we hold faith knowing that many of you as our future will continue to step up to the challenges that still remain embracing your legacy finding your place in history and inspiring others Four said We knew you were coming Honoring the Fallen With Candles Rose Petals Although the day s official program concluded amid a standing ovation and applause for the flyover of Blackhawk

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/10thAnnivFeature.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    Military Service For America Memorial Foundation and you can help When you purchase selected items from your local commissary participating manufacturers make donations to the Foundation If you are an authorized commissary patron simply do your weekly grocery shopping and the Foundation will be the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds During the promotion which runs from Aug 2 Sept 5 you can also enjoy in store savings by using the valuable coupons located in the Salute Women themed flyer available at your commissary The campaign also includes an opportunity to win a commemorative Women s Memorial pen personalized with your choice of service branch emblem Fifty winners will be selected at random from entries received at commissaries Entry forms are located in the coupon flyer Sponsored by C Lloyd Johnson Co Inc the Salute Women campaign is in its 15th year and has generated over 700 000 for us So look for the Salute the Women in the Military campaign at your local commissary and enjoy great commissary savings while you help support your Memorial again this year Sponsored products in the 2007 Salute the Women in the Military Campaign are Dial soap laundry detergent Ensure Nutrition Glucerna

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/ComCampKO07.html (2016-02-09)
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    for a year and a half before race day One of the biggest challenges she faced was running in a weightless environment At least four times a week she was strapped to the station treadmill using a special harness so she wouldn t float away Since she arrived on the space station in December 2006 she has combined long distance endurance runs and short speed training runs as well as regular physical training using a stationary bike and resistive exercise machines Physical training for astronauts is essential to maintaining bone and muscle density in space According to NASA exercise helps counteract the effects of long duration weightlessness on the astronauts health In a weightless environment bone and muscle density begin to diminish because you don t use the bones and muscles to hold you up under the force of gravity Race Day With countless miles under her feet race day finally came and CDR Williams was ready She even had her own ground crew to cheer her on Her sister Dina Pandya fellow NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and other friends were among the 24 000 other runners in this year s race in Boston While the Earth bound runners were slugging it out amid a cold and wet Nor easter on April 16 CDR Williams was harnessed to her treadmill in the balmy 78 degree space station With two laptop computers by her side the commander watched previous Boston Marathons on DVD as she counted off the miles Her ground crew even included NASA s Mission Control personnel who gave her updates on friends finishing times and provided plenty of encouragement along the way Mission Control radioed CDR Williams after she reached the 20 mile mark and said Keep it up I think you re over Heartbreak Hill referring to

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/RaceInSpace.html (2016-02-09)
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    Secretary Daniels journals confirm that she met with him The Navy Enlists Women Sometime after his meeting with Charlotte as US participation in WWI became imminent Secretary Daniels realized that the Navy would be shorthanded when the need arose to send more US sailors to sea He soon met with Navy officials and legal advisors and asked Is there any law that says a yeoman must be a man His advisors could find no legal basis for the exclusion of women and on March 14 1917 Secretary Daniels ordered that women could enlist in the Navy Reserve as yeoman radio electricians and other useful ratings When his order became public it is said that women flooded recruiting offices across America Navy Yeoman F Charlotte Berry Winters left and a woman thought to be her younger sister Sophy Berry Bean circa 1919 Charlotte and Sophy were two of the first women to enlist in the Navy in 1917 Photo courtesy of Mrs Kelly Auber On March 21 the Navy enlisted its first women and Charlotte and her younger sister Sophy Berry Bean were among them According to Department of Veterans Affairs VA statistics 4 7 million Americans served in our nation s defense during WWI 35 000 of them were women and nearly one third of those were Navy Yeoman F Young patriots Charlotte and Sophy easily met the Navy s enlistment criteria Women had to be US citizens between the ages of 18 35 Women like Charlotte who possessed a high school diploma business school training or clerical experience had an advantage because they could be enlisted and put to work immediately These reservists were enlisted for four years and were paid the same salary as men 30 per month plus a 1 25 per day subsistence allowance Hailing from all 48 states the District of Columbia and US possessions Hawaii and Puerto Rico nearly 12 000 women served as Navy Reservists from 1917 until 1919 What s in a Name For young women like Charlotte being a pioneer came with its share of challenges including how this new crop of enlistees would be addressed The women who joined the Navy in WWI were like their male counterparts called yeoman a role based title for those assigned clerical duties Soon a variety of nicknames abounded names like yeomanettes yeowomen lady sailors and even petticoat pets but Secretary Daniels soon put an end to the nicknames He said I never did like this ette business If a woman does a job she ought to have the name of the job The Navy s Paymaster General RADM Samuel McGowan agreed These women are as much a part of the Navy as the men who have enlisted They do the same work and have done the same yeoman service To make the distinction between the sexes the Navy added F to indicate the yeoman was a woman More Than Three Decades of Service Soon outfitted in the newly created women s uniform which

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/CharlotteWinters.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    in between military women have stood alongside men and made their mark as patriots warriors and leaders These patriots warriors and leaders are also our daughters mothers and grandmothers Military service has long been a family tradition with generations of fathers and sons donning the uniform of their country More and more building such a legacy is not exclusive to the men of the family as mothers and daughters choose to perform their patriotic duty as military members too America s military women are changing history making history and moving history forward 2007 Poster Release As part of its tribute to military women the Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its 2007 WHM poster Patriotism Runs in the Family This full color display quality poster features images of women from each of the US Armed Forces who are from a family with multi generations of servicewomen daughters mothers and grandmothers Showcasing women as role models the poster highlights their emerging responsibility to create and sustain a tradition of military service for the women of their family as well as the men This exciting poster stimulates pride in America s servicewomen and encourages discussion about women s changing family workplace and national roles In addition the Foundation is delighted to publish its first ever online WHM kit to accompany this year s poster Designed to compliment the poster as a teaching tool the WHM kit includes a host of materials to support classroom discussion and encourage further study as well as the opportunity to learn more about the women featured on the poster The Foundation also invites you to check out other sections of our Web site like History Collections or News Events where you re sure to find a wealth of resources to help you include military women

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/WHM07.html (2016-02-09)
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    nurses served as Red Cross reserve nurses After the Armistice Nov 11 1918 they entered the Army Nurse Corps and cared for POWs They were assigned to Camp Grant IL and Camp Sherman OH and lived in segregated quarters while caring for German POWs and black soldiers WWII black recruitment was limited to 10 percent for the WAAC WAC matching the percentage of African Americans in the US population at the time For the most part Army policy reflected segregation policy Enlisted basic training was segregated for training living and dining At enlisted specialists schools and officer training living quarters were segregated but training and dining were integrated A total of 6 520 African American women served during the war MAJ Charity E Adams inspects members of the Women s Army Corps WAC assigned to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion England 15 Feb 1945 National Archives The Army s all black 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion served with distinction in England and France in 1945 Commanded by MAJ Charity Adams later Earley the unit was comprised of 30 officers and 800 enlisted women Defying expectations they successfully streamlined the local postal system within a short period of time A survivor of the 1921 Tulsa race riot reportedly one of the worst race riots in US history Olivia J Hooker enlisted as one of the first black women to join the Coast Guard Women s Reserve SPARs during WWII Encouraged to enlist by her friend Alex Haley a cook aboard the USCGC Mendota she served from 1945 46 She used her GI Bill benefits to study for her master s and doctorate in psychology 2LT Evelyn Decker Army Nurse Corps Women s Memorial Foundation Register PVT Sarah Keys Women s Army Corps Women s Memorial Register 1LT Diane Lindsay receives the Soldier s Medal for heroism Vietnam 1970 Army Nurse Corps Collection Office of Medical History Office of the Surgical General Executive Order 9981 signed in July 1948 by President Harry S Truman mandated an end to racial discrimination and segregation in the US Armed Forces Of the approximately 600 women stationed in Korea during the entire three years of the Korean War only a few were African American Army nurse LT Evelyn Decker who served in several segregated hospitals before her Korea assignment served in integrated hospitals in Korea Black WAC PVT Sarah Keys refused to take a seat at the back of the bus she was riding in while traveling home on leave in August 1952 three years before Rosa Parks took her historic seat on the Montgomery AL bus PVT Keys was arrested for disorderly conduct but she fought back She and former WAAC WAC and lawyer Dovey Johnson Roundtree took the case to the Interstate Commerce Commission After three years in November 1955 the ICC issued a ruling that outlawed race based seating on inter state transportation Of the two Army nurses awarded the Soldier s Medal for heroism in Vietnam one was African American 1LT

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