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News: U.S. National Guard

Sunday, October 30, 2022 | Category: Department of Defense - National

Current and past U.S. National Guard-released news is posted on this site with search capability.

News: Department of Veterans Affairs

Sunday, October 30, 2022 | Category: Department of Veterans Affairs - National

This link is focused on "Women Veteran" news. "VAntage Point" news is one way to keep up with some of what's happening in the Department of Veterans Affairs. At VAntage Point, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, they intend to stop "that same old way of communicating (or not communicating), toss it out the window, and be engaging not adversarial." See the VAntage "About" page. They want to provide women and men with military service, the nation's veterans, with information that will help and inform them. Their blog news includes a women veteran-focused article archive.

Perspectives: PBS Digital Library of Veteran and Military Stories of Service

Sunday, October 30, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - International

PBS offers a digital library of veteran stories reflecting on generations past and present.

Search “veteran” or “military” on the PBS site to view their complete digital library.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Saturday, October 1, 2022 | Category: Mental Health - National

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is October 1-31 annually. Domestic violence officially became a separate crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice when President Donald Trump signed the annual defense authorization act into law next week. Visit the August 9, 2018 Military Times article linked below authored by Leo Shane III.

October 18th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Military Women’s Memorial (Chartered 1997)

Friday, September 30, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - National

The Military Women’s Memorial is a one-of-a-kind tribute to America’s Servicewomen, past and present. The Memorial features an education center, interactive exhibits, a world-class collection of military women’s stories.

October 1st is the annual memorial dedication anniversary day.

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Thursday, September 1, 2022 | Category: Mental Health - National

September is the month designated as the National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Governmental and non-governmental agencies provide services to veterans and their families. Veterans and military can access the 24/7 VA Crisis Line at:

Dial 988 and then Press 1

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services Releases 2017 Report

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) released its 2017 annual report. The Committee advises the Defense Department on matters and policies relating to women in U.S. armed forces.

Women’s Equality Day: August 26, 2022

Monday, August 1, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - National

The History of Women’s Equality Day

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

Excerpt from “National Women’s History Alliance” website, August 1, 2021

Independence Day & the Statue of Liberty

Monday, July 4, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - National

4th of July U.S. Census Bureau "Facts for Features"

Statue of Liberty
The statue's original name was Liberty Enlightening the World.  The statue was given to the United States by the French as a centennial gift in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the July 4, 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The statue arrived in 1885 and in 1886 it was dedicated, ten years after the anniversary.

What does the Statue of Liberty represent?  She is a symbol of the ideals of friendship between nations, freedom from tyranny and oppression, and new beginnings for peoples around the world. 

Emma Lazarus wrote the famous 1883 sonnet which since the early 1900s, is on a bronze plaque in the statue's pedestal.

                 The New Colossus 

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

June is PTSD Awareness Month: Resources for Veterans

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | Category: Mental Health - National

The Department of Veterans Affairs hosts the “National Center for PTSD,” a national resource for research, treatments and connections to assist individuals experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other traumatic stress. This site offers information for veterans, caregivers, family and friends.

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