What Does A Woman Veteran Look Like?
“Everyone assumes that my husband is the veteran and he never served in the military.
I feel INVISIBLE.”        

Since the American Revolution, women have served in every conflict involving our country. Thirty-three thousand women served in WWI and almost 500,000 took part in WWII. During the Korean era, 120,000 women were in uniform and seven thousand were deployed during Viet Nam.
 
After 9/11, women served in every major operation in Iraq and Afghanistan - on patrols, flying helicopters and fighter jets, delivering vital supplies and ammunition, providing cultural and interpretative support to Special Forces troops, and doing all the things that other veterans get credit for. They are Veterans and deserve the recognition and services they earned.
Women are
14.5 % of the 1.4 million active duty component.
Since 9/11  Nearly 280,000 
women served 
 in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The number of
Women Veterans is
expected to grow to
15% by 2020.
 20% of all new Recruits are women.
1:5 Ready reserves are women (153,000).
 
Today’s number one challenge for a Woman Veteran
 is being recognized as a Veteran.
Yet, when many Women Veterans come home, few recognize their skills or treat them with dignity and respect. In collaboration with the Women Veterans Alliance, we chose to recognize and honor today’s Women Veterans with a series of special portraits accompanied by their personal narratives.
 
"What Does A Woman Veteran Look Like" is a salute to Women Veterans acknowledging their dedication to duty and the contributions they made in service to our country and continue to make to our communities. YOU can be part of this crucial project by donating generously.

Create large, gallery level exhibits to put a Face on our Women Veterans for display in businesses, organizations and educational institutions.

By recognizing and acknowledging  Women Veterans they become more visible and more likely to seek the services they deserve.
Feature their stories in our portrait books placed in libraries and schools.
Our next generations will read the contributions Women Veterans make to our national defense and those they make to our communities every day.

Encourage local action to help them reintegrate back into civilian life.

Start a dialogue about their military service and the long-term contributions made to our communities through speaking and presentations.

“Most of us don’t go around wearing Navy ball caps, wearing shirts that say what branch we served in. We come home, we take off our uniform and let our hair down and nobody stops to think, and ask us if we’ve served.”                              Stephanie A. Stone, Chief Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

“A lot of veterans come into my office and see me, and assume I’m just a woman that got the job, they don’t realize I’m a veteran,”                                                      Sylinthia Burges, Veterans Counselor, New York, Nassau County Veterans Services

EXHIBITS
PORTRAIT BOOK
PRESENTATIONS
“What Does A Woman Veteran Look Like?”
She’s your mother, your sister, your daughter, your neighbor, your friend.
She’s a business owner, a student, and a community leader.

Why we embraced this project

James R. Morrison
J. Mara Morrison
©2016 James R. Morrison All Rights Reserved
Special thanks to the City of Roseville, CA for their generous support.