BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The military is dominated by men, but state elected officials wanted to make sure that women weren’t forgotten about this Veterans Day.
The Women Veterans’ Appreciation Day was held at the State House on Friday for the eleventh consecutive year. The goal is to emphasize that women are no longer limited to just support roles. They’re now a part of the team and a part of the war effort.
Each year, the State Department of Veterans’ Services honors one outstanding woman veteran for their work in the military community. US Army Lieutenant Colonel Margaret White took home the award this year. She told 22News why women have a different set of challenges when they return home from war.
“Being women in the military… we tend to stay away from complaining or talking about ourselves or anything that’s hard because we don’t want to appear weak,” she explained. “Sometimes it’s more difficult to get women to explain that they’re having a problem.”
Veterans Day is this Wednesday. It’s meant to honor the men and women who fought in the First and Second World Wars.