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WI Women Vets Honored as “Stateswomen of the Year”

November 2, 2007

Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin's women veterans are being honored this weekend as the "Stateswomen of the Year," for their leadership in the traditionally male world of the U.S. military.

The award, presented by the Wisconsin Women's Network, usually honors women in the realm of politics. But this year, spokesperson Sharyn Wisnieswki says women veterans, of wars past and present, were chosen because of their service to the country, and for overcoming obstacles facing women in the military.

"At the event, we'll have women veterans represented from World War II up to the present time, including Korea and Vietnam, and they will accept the award on behalf of all women veterans."

Wisnieswki says female veterans have advanced the equality of women in traditionally male roles -– and their challenges continue, even after they return home.

"Many women in military service do pay a price in terms of their health, their family life, and their employment."

So, in addition to honoring women veterans, the Wisconsin Women's Network works to help women find and access services they may need, to make their transitions into civilian life as smooth as possible.

"Help them reconnect with other veterans around the state, and also to provide more information about their health care options and about reemployment options."

She says Wisconsin women make up at least 15 percent of the state's military personnel. For details about the award ceremony and the group's outreach efforts for female veterans, look online at
www.wiwomensnetwork.org.

Rob Ferrett/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WI