ROTC offers opportunity

Most of my blog posts on here have been, and will continue to be, about women veterans. However, this post is going to be the exception. I’ll explain why as quickly as possible. Basically, I started the blog as part of my multimedia storytelling class. Our final group project put us together based on our blog topics. We had to do a story related to our topic, but of interest to the Hood College community.

So, I wrote a story about the women of ROTC at Hood College. It ended up being a story about the program overall, but most of my interviews were with the women, and one of the quotes from the men was about the great things he saw in one of his female counterparts.

What I learned is that I have a lot of hope for the future of the military. Interviewing all of these great future soldiers gave me an idealized version of what they will bring to the Army. That will be the topic for this post.

Continue reading “ROTC offers opportunity”

Reenlistments can be rather unique

When a service member reenlists, they are basically signing a contract all over again. Unlike the first time they took the oath, before boot camp, this time they know what they are signing up for. Some people keep it simple and might just have a cake to celebrate. Others like to take it to the next level.

Ashley  Carter, a sergeant in the Army Reserves, took her most recent oath at a Pittsburgh Steelers game as part of a mass reenlisment ceremony. It was a home game for the Steelers, playing against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Continue reading “Reenlistments can be rather unique”

Awards honor recipients, namesakes

The Navy is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Capt. Joy Bright Hancock and Master Chief Anna Der-Vartanian Leadership Awards. 

The awards include five categories:

Senior officer – O-4 to O-6
Junior office – O-1 to O-3
Chief warrant officer and limited duty officer – CWO2 – O-3E
Senior enlisted – E-7 to E-9
Junior enlisted – E-5 and E-6

The nominations are not limited to just women.

However, I want to post today about awards that are named after military women. Later in the post, it will be clear why I put “military” in front of women instead of awards.

Continue reading “Awards honor recipients, namesakes”

Free food on Veterans Day, more than just a meal

Over the weekend and into Monday, many veterans waited in lines to get into restaurants offering free meals to veterans to thank them for their service. Veterans appreciate the gesture, but sometimes it can be about more than just free food.

My husband and I, both veterans, chose to go to the Golden Corral. Something happened toward the beginning of the evening that I will save for the end of the post. That incident is the type of thing that made me want to start this blog in the first place. But, I prefer to talk about the pleasant things first.

Golden Corral has been honoring veterans for 17 years. However, their military appreciation night has not only served 5.4 million meals to veterans as of 2017, it has also raised of $14 million for Disabled American Veterans.  I look forward to seeing how high that number climbs once this year’s amounts are counted.

So, I have to say, I love that the DAV was there raising money. Continue reading “Free food on Veterans Day, more than just a meal”

Female veterans fought the good fight – Results

Although not all results are in from the midterm elections, but most districts have already made the call. For the women veterans I covered, some won, some lost, and one is still too close to call.

I’ll start with that one, since it’s still kind of exciting.

As of 2 p.m. today, Air Force veteran Gina Ortiz Jones was only 689 votes behind GOP U.S. Rep. Will Hurd in Congressional District 23. According to the Texas Tribune, all precincts have been counted. Ortiz Jones is not calling for a recount at this point.

gina ortiz jones

But what makes it exciting in my eyes is that many service members serving overseas or living outside their home-of-record state always hear they should fill out an absentee ballot. Some do, and some don’t. Many feel like their vote won’t be counted. In this case, it will.

In the article, Noelle Rosellini, a spokesperson for Ortiz Jones said that they won’t stop working until every provisional, absentee, military, or overseas ballot has been counted. That goes to show that every vote really does count. Continue reading “Female veterans fought the good fight – Results”

Women veterans can make changes in government

Midterm elections are here, and this year a baker’s dozen worth of female veterans are running for office.

Before getting into it, I just want to be clear that no matter what I say in this post, I am not endorsing any of these candidates. This is just about the fact that they made it through the primaries.

These 13 women are part of the 172 veterans running for Congress. Since the Vietnam conflict, the percentage of veterans in Congress has declined significantly. According to an article in The Washington Post, Congress was 75 percent veterans. Now, it is less than 19 percent. There could be an entire college thesis for the reasons for this alone.

One might think that having more veterans in Congress would mean there are more lawmakers supporting war. However, the opposite is true. The Washington Post article points out that veterans are more likely to question the White House on use of military force.

So, while veterans act as the military watchdog on the White House, female veterans can also work on initiatives that help the military, women in the military, and women overall. They bring a mix of leadership experience in stressful situations, as well as the skill set to survive or even thrive in a male-dominated environment. Continue reading “Women veterans can make changes in government”