Every year, the National Women’s History Project selects a unifying theme to be shared with all who want to promote women’s history. This year’s theme is “Working to form a more perfect union: honoring women in public service and government.” As an Army veteran and the women veteran program manager in the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, I can’t think of a theme more fitting to honor women veterans.
As a nation, we really have come a long way in recognizing and honoring women veterans as a population for their public service.
Yet, I continue to hear from individual women veterans that they feel overlooked or forgotten, and that assumptions about them are still being made. For example, that she is a spouse or caregiver to a male veteran, but probably not an actual veteran herself.
How can this still be happening in 2016? Perhaps it’s because assumptions are largely based on personal memories and experiences. Nearly everyone has interacted with a male veteran. Sixteen percent of the male adult population in America is a veteran. That’s one in every six men.
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