Female Soldiers on the Rise
In 2010 the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics NCVAS conducted analysis predicting that by 2035 female veterans will nearly have doubled those from year 2000. With the evening of the playing field within the United States and women earning more degrees and more executive level positions it is no surprise to me that we will see more Sergeants, Captains and other high ranking officers in our United States military.
That said, with climbing female veterans we must remember these women are our sisters, friends, colleagues, mothers and neighbors. And though these women may not occupy the majority of our TV commercials or Veteran stereotypes, they too are our heroes.
Meet Erin Watrous Desjardin, SSgt Air Force
Four Tours Over Seas and Still Giving
With growing numbers of female veterans, women like Erin Watrous Desjardin exemplify honor. I am lucky to have become friends with one of our countries heroes, Erin. Erin was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force, a vehicle operator attached to various different units overseas. The most recent was the 70 MTD medium truck detachment based out of Kuwait. Erin was a controller that tour. A liaison between her convoy teams and the Army Battalion they were attached to. In a brief description, before those hefty roles Erin was part of the 424 MTD out of Kuwait where she was a heavy weapons gunner for her convoy team.
Erin did a total of four tours overseas. Yes, that certainly means various missions, but what continues to amaze me is her natural instinct to serve. Erin continues to support other veterans through charitable efforts (while mothering her beautiful baby girl, Brooklyn Mae and working). Erin helps to organize a large softball tournament Guns N Hoses where Stamford, CT police officers play against Stamford Fire Fighters for charity. It is knowing, reading and meeting women like Erin that make us proud to know veterans in our own families, towns, schools, and networks.
Please join all of us at She Takes on the World while we say thank you to our veterans- past and present. Yes, female veterans too. Erin is one of many who fly under the radar and she prefers her low-key status, but she is always willing to speak about charities and events that help her mission of seeing those who remain serving over seas return home safely. Erin has mentioned to me her sincere concerns for her counterparts gaining employment and avoiding homelessness. Please join us by saying thank you this Memorial Day and visiting Erin’s favorite charities.
How to help
The Wounded Warrior Project: WWP was founded in Roanoke, Virginia by a group of veterans and friends who took action to help the injured service men and women of this generation. Read more: www.WoundedWarriorProject.Org
Hike for our Heroes : The hiker is an Iraq-war veteran who is hiking 7000 miles across America to raise money for struggling veterans and their families! Please “Like” their Facebook page, they have a Memorial Day challenge where donations will be made for every Fan Page like! www.drumhike.com
You can find more information on our countries brave veterans here: www.va.gov