Conference recognizes local female veterans

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The “Honoring Women Veterans” conference brought more than 100 female veterans together Saturday on UE’s campus. 

“As a female vet it means so much because a lot of times we’re overlooked,” said veteran Melissa West.

For the 10th year, the conference brought together generations. 

“It has to be one of the most rewarding things you get from coming to this conference because you get to meet, hear so many stories,” said West. 

“They consider themselves vets but many don’t say they’re vets. To see them conversing and laughing and having so much in common,” said committee member Sarah Paul. 

Each year organizers bring in guest speakers, talk to the women about their military benefits and offer pampering services, but most importantly connect women from all branches of service. 

Many who walk through the doors are shocked to find so many others just like them.

“I knew we had a large veteran community but not this many in the area women veterans and it’s so humbling now being apart of that community,” said veteran Emma Trible who was attending the conference for the second time. “We have the VFW and VA but those are primarily geared towards men but it’s nice to have something that’s only for women even if it’s just one day a year.”

It’s just one day, but one that makes an impact. 

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(This story was originally published on June 15, 2019)

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