In episode 1010 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast a special request from the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation will be announced. A story about the request is in The Pantagraph of Bloomington, Illinois titled: Retired Army nurse urges female vets to tell their stories. The story was submitted by Lenore Sobota.
In her story, Sobota told about Retired Army Lt. Col. Jill Henry becoming an ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. She is on a mission is to get more women to register and share their stories about their military service.
The memorial is located in Arlington National Cemetery and will mark its 20th anniversary in the fall of 2017. It is called a living memorial that serves women veterans, those who are serving now and those serving in the future.
The memorial is operated by the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation and contains the records of 265,000 women who have served and registered. The director of public relations and development for the memorial, retired Army Lt. Col. Marilla Cushman, pointed out that three million women have served in the military.
Getting more of those women veterans who haven’t registered with the Memorial is what is driving Jill Henry. She wants as many women as possible to tell their story because as she says it: “If we don’t keep our own history and tell our own history, no one will — or someone else will do it, but it won’t be accurate.”
Vietnam Veterans are well aware of the tremendous contributions made by women serving in the military during the War and this Vietnam Veteran supports Jill Henry in her mission to get those women Vietnam Veteran stories told. Women can register at www.womensmemorial.org, or by calling 703-533-1155. You can also email Henry at email@example.com for help.
Discover more about the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in episode 1010.