It was a very special day for our female veterans. It’s always amazing when those who really matter come together for a common purpose. On March 22, four groups came together at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall to honor our female veterans and to bring their unique ideas to light. These groups include Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Military Veterans Affair of LA County, California Mental Health Service Authority, and Los Angeles Sparks, a women’s professional basketball team.
The room was filled with a tremendous amount of positive energy, from young ladies taking the oath to serve to the veterans who have made untold sacrifices. These ladies represented their military branch with pride and distinction. It’s about time these brave women who have dedicated so much of their lives to serving our country start getting the attention and recognition they deserve.
We made some new and exciting friends that day. It was encouraging to see a women’s professional sports team look at these ladies and say, “We are with you; we honor and recognize how special you are, and we see you for the role model that you are.” We truly thank the leadership of the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks for their vision and compassion. It was amazing to see The LA Sparks pay it forward and take an interest in these amazing and honorable women.
There are many issues that separate the men and women with their experience in the military. In today’s world, women in the military are not playing the same roles they did twenty years ago. The wars have changed, and more women are susceptible to being wounded or even killed, just like the men. It is time to talk about these underlying issues that women face and recognize their bravery for the roles they play for our nation’s freedom. It’s great to have these amazing athletes champion our female veterans. We all have much to learn from each other, but this was an encouraging start.