Becky Halstead's â€śsuccessâ€ť diagram has as many lows as highs â€” a coach's fatal skydiving accident, her appointment to West Point and soon after, marriage, divorce and rising to general.
There's a word to describe the scraggly hand-drawn graph that illustrates her life, but not the one some of the women veterans hearing her speech Saturday in San Antonio might have been thinking.
â€śWhen shift happens in our life it's about the response more than it is about the shift,â€ť Halstead, who led 20,000 GIs in Iraq in 2005, told a veterans support group for women. â€śAnd so I give most of my speeches on leadership with the premise that the first person you must lead is you.â€ť
by Kim Olson
On August 26, 1920 (92 years ago) womenâ€™s right-to-vote became law with ratification of the 19th amendment. Unfortunately, â€śEquality Dayâ€ť is tucked away in the caboose of the August calendar, diminishing its chances of competing for attention with vacations and back-to-school sales.
And have we actually achieved equality? When the sun goes down today, the distance between menâ€™s and womenâ€™s access to significant decision-making will remain. The gap continues. Weâ€™re talking Grand Canyon dimensions here.
By Rita Vokes
July marks the beginning of the new fiscal year for Wichita Falls TBW. As the newly installed president, I am honored and humbled to have been elected to lead such a diverse, dynamic group of working, as well as retired, women from around our great city. It was the pleasure for me and newly elected President- Elect Sally Gray, to attend the annual TBW State Conference in Richardson, along with 201112 President Keli McCord; Parliamentarian Keri Orsak; and WF TBW Liaison to the State Office Evelyn Lucus.
Are you having trouble adjusting to civilian life after years of service in the Marine, Army, Navy, Air Force, and National Guard? The answer to your situation, contact Grace After Fire. An organization dedicated to women and expanding their reach to include men with training, resume building and in your job search after the military. They also have support groups, additional benefits, and great networking with your peers across the state.
WASHINGTON, July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- www.GraceAfterFire.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of women veterans of all eras and military branches. Today they launch their online social network -- built by women veterans for women veterans. This network is designed to allow women vets to join hands in order to bring a voice to the many who have been silenced due to military sexual trauma, the invisible wounds of post traumatic stress, and the pain of depression and addiction.
"Many of our nation's women veterans feel isolated and not acknowledged as true veterans. Grace is a distinctive online community where women veterans will have the opportunity to share laughter, tears, and strength with other vets who know what they have been through," said Stephanie Moles, founder of Grace After Fire.
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