Veterans' Corner: Women in the military deserve support
Women in the military have a history that extends more than 400 years. Most served in nursing, clerical or support roles.
Now, women serve in all the branches of the United States Armed Forces. They serve in most military occupation specialties and in specific technical jobs.
Our military women in uniform compose about 20 percent of the total military personnel. They serve our nation with pride, and, like their brothers in arms, each and every day, they risk their lives and health to serve - and fight - wherever duty calls.
Today, we have high-ranking women in positions of high authority making important decisions as they perform their duty in the most honorable manner.
Some women have flown combat missions in recent wars, and in 2011, some were assigned to submarine duty for the first time. The Pentagon allowed women to participate in combat on the front lines along with the infantry and other front-line combatants earlier this year.
Some of our women have returned from deployments with tragic wounds, traumatic brain injuries or missing limbs.
Like our brothers in arms, these women need the help of the Disabled American Veterans, which provides many programs and services. When they come home, they can count on the Disabled American Veterans to understand their needs as women veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
Although, for some of them, their lives will never be the same, DAV members are here to help them build a new life.
More women heroes will need the help of their fellow veterans as they come home wounded to places like Victoria and surrounding counties. As members of DAV, we stand ready to meet today's challenges and will be there again for any time of trial in the future - there to help all of our veterans get the care and benefits they need to move forward with their lives.
The Disabled American Veterans Service Officers Chapter 169 is proud of our women veterans and invites them to come to visit with us for any and all services that we can provide for them.
We are located in the Texas Workforce Commission Building at 120 S. Main St. Contact the office at 361 578-0341, ext. 247. Office hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
Frank Torres is an officer for Victoria Disabled American Veterans Chapter 169 and offers military benefit information and advice for Victoria and surrounding counties. He can be reached at 361-564-7415.