For the most part, women veterans who served overseas or in a war zone have been given short shrift by the military and public. Some reportedly even have felt discouraged from seeking services to which they are entitled.
So it is pleasing to see that the new Dorothy Kubik/Katherine Galloway Post 12097, Veterans of Foreign Wars, has officially opened within West Seneca Post 8113. There are the requisite 41 eligible veterans to constitute a new post; seven of them are men, some of them military spouses of the women building up the post.
[As example to the nation, a VFW post for women - Buffalo News, 7/27/10]
The point worth celebrating here is the recognition of the service and the sacrifices of women from this region who carried this nation’s colors to such places as World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the current war in Afghanistan and the one in Iraq, women have been on the front lines, elbow-to-elbow with men. It can be seen as a nod to political correctness that women serving overseas or in a war zone aren’t necessarily visualized in the same manner or in as rough situations as their male counterparts. But any parent with a daughter serving in Afghanistan understands full well that she is not in a safe area.
- UN: Afghan civilian deaths rise sharply - AP/Buffalo News
- VA is stepping up its services for female veterans - The Washington Post
- Quilters sew their thanks for female veterans - The Salem [Mass.] News
- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
[Photo of Vietnam Women's Memorial from Wikimedia Commons]
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