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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    on producing leadership for combat 1 but American opinion was divided Military and political leaders alike both men and women voiced opinions on both sides of the issue Finally on Oct 7 1975 President Ford signed the landmark legislation directing the military services to admit women to the Army Navy and Air Force academies the following year Also in 1975 the Coast Guard under the purview of the Department of Transportation announced that it would accept women in 1976 2 The schools adapted facilities uniforms and physical education requirements to accommodate women and the first ever co educational classes graduated from the nation s four service academies in 1980 Then and now the curricula prepared women as leaders in defense of America despite their exclusion from certain combat related roles As military women gathered in Washington to honor the one time commander in chief miles away from the fanfare of the presidential funeral another military woman penned her recollections of the president she had served 30 years before Retired US Air Force Maj Gen Jeanne M Holm former director of Women in the Air Force and the first US servicewoman promoted to major general actually served under Gerald Ford twice During her final tour in the Air Force she called him commander in chief and a year after her military retirement Maj Gen Holm was invited to the White House to work for President Ford again as his Special Assistant for Women In her candid personal retrospective of the man who led the American military and the nation for but a brief two years she writes Even though he found himself as president a position he never sought at a time that was one of the more turbulent in our nation s history Gerald R Ford proved himself to be the right man for the job a leader with deeply held faith in his country and confidence in his own abilities The challenge he faced was restoring America s faith in its leadership and institutions In typical fashion he stepped up to the plate appointed good people for the jobs to be done and set a tone of honesty openness and integrity for his administration In 1976 I was invited to serve as Special Assistant to the President for Women Having just completed a full military career much of which was served in the Pentagon I was not eager for new challenges But when I entered the Oval Office and the president stepped smiling from behind his desk and said Jeanne it was nice of you to come I was hooked We talked about the challenges faced by women in the work force and society He spoke with pride about how he had helped guide the Equal Rights Amendment through the Congress where it had languished for years and about legislation he had recently signed requiring the reluctant Army Navy and Air Force to admit women into their service academies This was his way of conveying to me in simple

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    ailments will bear the 1 increase and their annual out of pocket expenses for VA medicine will remain capped at 920 per year Those with no service related injury or illness will be subject to the 1 increase but there is no cap for annual payments for outpatient medicines Read more about the co payment increase The VA also offers veterans a convenient easy and secure alternative to refill their outpatient medicine prescription Thanks to its new online prescription refill service through MyHealtheNet section of the VA Web site veterans can refill prescriptions from the comfort of their own homes Since the online service began four months ago more than 70 000 prescriptions have been successfully refilled VA s MyHealtheVet prescription refill service is proving to be extremely successful in providing America s veterans with fast easy and secure access to their important medications said Secretary Nicholson When an eligible veteran places a refill order online the request is routed to VA s computer system to be filled by one of the department s outpatient mail pharmacies The refill is sent directly to the veteran s home eliminating the need for trips to the pharmacy Read more about the VA

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    the Purple Heart a history as long and distinguished as the award itself Established during the American Revolution President George Washington bestowed the Purple Heart on three non commissioned officers for singularly meritorious action but it quickly fell into disuse The medal remained unauthorized until 1932 when on the 200th Anniversary of George Washington s birthday the Army War Department reinstituted the award as a commendation for bravery under fire The 1932 action included a special clause allowing World War I veterans including some nurses to exchange previously received citations for bravery for the Purple Heart medal Army nurse Annie Fox Women s Memorial Register By the early 1940s America faced a war on two fronts and her daughters were among those serving and for the first time among those being directly cited for bravery under fire Dr Bellafaire says that the Women s Memorial is still looking for World War II women recipients Of particular interest are women who served at the Bataan Peninsula North Africa Anzio the Battle of the Bulge and Pearl Harbor For Army 1LT Annie Gayton Fox Dec 7 was not only a day that will live in infamy but also a day that she herself made history She was the first US service woman to be directly awarded the Purple Heart While Japanese dive bombers and Zero fighters screamed overhead at Pearl Harbor Army hospitals on the island were overwhelmed with burn victims Amid the noise and confusion and dealing with shortages of supplies and even beds Hickam Air Field Station Hospital chief nurse 1LT Fox worked ceaselessly and calmly despite the enormous loss of life around her The Purple Heart Today Two years after 1LT Fox was cited for heroic service America was still at war and the Armed Forces changed the criteria for receipt of the Purple Heart to those killed or wounded as a direct result of enemy action Though the award remained virtually unchanged for 50 years in 1996 the criteria were expanded to include military or civilian personnel killed or wounded by enemy action terrorist activity or as a result of being held as a prisoner of war Women have been directly awarded the Purple Heart for their service in WWII Korea Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm as well as the attacks on the Khobar Towers the USS Cole and the Pentagon Though Dr Bellafaire has done extensive research on previous eras conflicts and incidents involving military women her current research includes the servicewomen serving in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom Military women are serving in large numbers in these current operations therefore they are likely among the wounded Dr Bellafaire says US Marine Corps LCpl Erin Liberty an ammunition technician with Ammunition Company 2nd Supply Battalion 2nd Force Service Support Group sustained several injuries when an improvised explosive device blew up near her convoy near Camp Fallujah Iraq June 23 The native of Niceville FL received a Purple Heart USMC photo by LCpl Matthew K Hacker Among the

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    degree from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing Jersey City State College and became a flight nurse with the Air National Guard She had numerous accomplishments to her credit during her 38 years with the Air Force and Air National Guard including serving as a flight nurse instructor being the first nurse to command an Air National Guard medical clinic and becoming the first African American woman to serve as a general officer in the National Guard retiring as a major general in 2001 With a master s degree in public health from Yale University and a doctorate in education from Columbia University Dr Trowell Harris wasn t quite ready for permanent retirement when she took off her uniform in 2001 After hearing about so many women veterans who were having difficulties obtaining benefits from the VA she soon realized her second calling to help women veterans In Fall 2001 she was appointed as Director of the VA s Center for Women Veterans making her the primary advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on programs and issues related to women veterans The VA was basically designed for men Dr Trowel Harris said in a Women s eNews article When they

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    Roads VA And I m very very aware of the extremely qualified women with tremendous potential right behind me VADM Crea formerly the Atlantic Area and the Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic commander has seen quite a few Coast Guard firsts in her long and distinguished military career More than 30 years ago VADM Crea joined the Coast Guard and she later became the first female aircraft commander first woman to command an air station and the first woman to hold flag rank She has flown the HC 130 Hercules turboprop HH 65 Dolphin helicopter and Gulfstream II jet The three star admiral s previous assignments also include Chief Information Officer and Director of Research and Development for the Coast Guard Chief Office of Programs budget development and advocacy Commanding Officer Air Station Clearwater FL Executive Assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard Commanding Officer Air Station Detroit MI Operations Officer Air Station Borinquen PR and Coast Guard Aide to President Reagan The Fort Belvoir VA native is an MIT Sloan Fellow and holds master s degrees from MIT and Central Michigan University and a bachelor s degree from the University of Texas Her military decorations include the Defense Superior

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    the Columbia Reconstruction Team and serving as deputy project manager for a crew survival investigation team Col Pamela Melroy USAF Photo Courtesy of NASA The newest shuttle commander was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program in 1983 after graduating from Wellesley College MA The following year she received a master of science degree in earth and planetary science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology After completing Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese AFB TX in 1985 she flew the KC 10 for six years at Barksdale AFB LA as a copilot aircraft commander and instructor pilot In addition to being a highly decorated veteran of Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm she also served as a test pilot with the C 17 Combined Test Force before being selected as an astronaut candidate by the US space agency Col Melroy has logged more than 200 combat and combat support flight hours and over 5 000 hours of flight time in some 45 different aircraft As Col Melroy prepares to take the helm her predecessor makes ready for life away from NASA Retired USAF Col Eileen Collins the United State s first woman shuttle commander left the US space agency in May She commanded the Columbia shuttle in 1999 and the Return to Flight shuttle mission in 2005 During one of her flights Col Collins a Charter Member of the Women s Memorial took a Memorial pin with her into space The four time space flight veteran plans to enter the civilian aerospace industry Though hundreds of people have made the journey into space since the first manned space flight that carried Russian cosmonauts in 1961 Colonels Collins and Melroy are among an elite group of American women who have served in the US astronaut corps As early as the 1960s America

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    you purchase selected items from your local commissary participating manufacturers make donations to the Foundation It really is that easy if you are an authorized commissary patron simply do your weekly grocery shopping and your Memorial will be the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds During the promotion which runs from July 27 Aug 23 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 military service pen set Fifty winners will be selected at random from entries received at commissaries Entry forms are located in the Salute Women coupon flyer Sponsored by C Lloyd Johnson Co Inc the Salute Women campaign is in its 14th year and has generated over 669 000 for us So watch 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 Salute the Women in the Military Campaign Stock up today and support your Memorial Aunt Jemima Waffles Great Starts Breakfast Entrees Duracell Batteries Ensure Nutrition Ross Labs Gillette Razors

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    College in San Rafael CA when she met a Marine Corps recruiter Three days later she was at Parris Island SC According to BrigGen Salinas it all happened so quickly that her family didn t realize she had enlisted All along they thought I was in Paris she said After spending three years in the enlisted ranks she was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt During her 32 year career she has been no stranger to Marine Corps firsts She was the first woman in the Marine Corps to command a recruiting station the first woman ever to be assigned as a combat service support ground monitor and the first woman to serve as a recruiting district commanding officer And most recently according to Marine Corps Public Affairs she became the first Hispanic woman to hold the rank of brigadier general when she was promoted to the rank on Aug 2 Brigadier General Angela Salinas restates her oath during her promotion ceremony August 2 2006 aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico Va Major General Walter E Gaskin commanding general 2nd Marine Division hosted the promotion ceremony USMC photo Born the daughter of Mexican immigrants

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