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March 31, 2010 > County highlights contributions of women veterans

County highlights contributions of women veterans

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Marina Hinestrosa

Santa Clara County will salute Women in the Military with a public recognition to acknowledge their sacrifice and contributions of women, who are currently enlisted and those who have previously served, in the armed forces. The salute is one of the events the County has organized to celebrate Women's History Month.

The face of the US military has dramatically changed in the last decade. Today, 15 percent of active-duty military personnel are women. Of the 1.7 million women veterans nationally, 165,000 reside in California, more than any other state. Over 155,000 women are currently serving abroad, including Afghanistan and Iraq.

The County of Santa Clara honors the contributions of women in the military and is committed to connecting women veterans and their families to information and resources to assist with their specific needs and support their transition back into civilian life. Community agencies and organizations will share resources and information.

The event is hosted by Santa Clara County, the Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy; the Office of San Jose Councilor Rose Herrera; the Commission on the Status of Women; the Office of Veteran Services; the National Guard; and Veterans Affairs Commission.

Supervisor George Shirakawa (Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors), Colonel Lori Marion (Medical Advisor to the California National Guard, Keynote speaker), Esther Peralez-Dieckmann (Director, Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy), Rose Herrera (City of San Jose Councilwoman, District 8, Veteran), Diane Marroqu’n (Air Force Veteran Event Chair), Linda Kleinsasser (Women's Program Manager, Veteran's Administration) and Lt. Commander DesaRae A. Janszen (U.S. Coast Guard Women Veterans in Santa Clara County) will pay tribute to women veterans.

Salute to Women in the Military
Thursday, March 25
5.30 p.m. Reception at Lobby Breezeway
6-7.30 p.m. Recognition at Board Chambers
County Government Center
70 West Hedding Street, San Jose
(408) 299-5135

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