In the month of April out Speaker will be Corky Frady and he will be talking about American Legion Baseball.
March is Women's History Month:
By clicking on the links below for information related to our Female veterans:
SWAN 2nd Annual Summit Report In order to understand the needs of military women and to provide recommendations to providers, policy makers and advocates, SWAN conducted a two-part study designed to arrive at recommendations for improving the mental wellness of this group of service members and Veterans. [From Service Women’s Action Network]
Veterans in Art Transitional Employment Initiative
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles is pleased to introduce you to the 7 Veteran leaders that will be recruiting 30+ unemployed Vets to participate in our nationally recognized Veterans in Art transitional employment initiative at the Japanese Garden on the grounds of the West Los Angeles VA campus. These leaders and their recruits will learn how to set the stage and support the live presentation of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, outdoors in the evenings throughout June of 2018 and be offered the opportunity to enroll in technical theater courses at Santa Monica College if they become interested in furthering their technical theater skills. [From Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles]
Apply for the 2018 Focus Forward Fellowship!
The Focus Forward Fellowship from the Military Family Research Institute offers women student veterans the opportunity to network with other woman Veterans and corporate mentors, grow academically and professionally and understand and develop their unique strengths as woman Veterans. The Fellowship covers a four-day residency at Purdue University in July 2018, followed by a year of engagement in an online learning community. [From Military Family Research Institute]
Veteran of the Day
Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 6:01 pm Posted courtesy of the US Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran of the Day by Lyly Luhachac
Army Veteran Eva Romero Jacques. Eva served during World War II, from 1943 to 1945.She was a staff sergeant with the Far East Air Service Command and assigned to the Pacific Theater. In an interview for the Veterans History Project, she shared her experiences during World War II.
Eva decided to enlist in the military after listening to her priest. She recalled, “I went to Mass one Sunday and the priest asked the mothers to please don’t interfere if your daughters are willing to go into the military, to please don’t keep them from going, because it’s everybody’s war.”
Despite not meeting the height requirement, Eva was accepted into the Army Air Forces. They waived the requirement on account of her ability to speak Spanish and English and completing three years of college. She was sent to Fort Oglethorpe for basic training.
In 1944, Eva was deployed to New Guinea and worked for the base commander translating mail. At nighttime, she remembered hearing snipers while trying to sleep in her tent.
Reflecting on her service, Eva said, “I think my life wouldn’t have been complete if I hadn’t been in the military.”
Thank you for your service, Eva!