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When Americans think of vets, they rarely think of women

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on June 19, 2015 at 5:35 PM

Originally published on The Sun Herald on June 13, 2015.

Since 9/11, more than 200,000 women have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 160 women have died in service to their country. Women have fought on the front lines as combat pilots and military police platoon leaders. They have received Silver Stars and Bronze Stars for Valor. Some have even joined special operations forces on combat missions.

Yet when people think of veterans, they rarely think of women.

As the veterans organization the Mission Continues found in a survey out this week of female veterans, a "common theme among our respondents was a perception of invisibility both in the service and at home. While in uniform, nearly two-thirds of respondents said they had to work harder than men to prove themselves.

One veteran in Minnesota told me recently that when she tried to join a local veterans organization, she was guided to the women's auxiliary.

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