Jim Erskine
Jim Erskine

From the UK. I always thought America was the land of opertunity? Surely these young ladies were not forced into militaty service?
I they were standing on street corners selling there wares I could understand the complaints.
They have joined the service to serve the country they love unlike some MALES who would rather sit on there big fat butts.
God bless you ladies and keep safe.

Jimmie Scott
Jimmie Scott
  • Jim Erskine

Those girls overseas sell their wares only a very few in the USA who does that!!!!

Stephanie O'Neil
Stephanie O'Neil

I am retired Navy. I served at a time when we weren't welcomed. I taught my children not to discriminate or accept being treated less then because of race or gender. Now my son serves our country... Hooah Baby!

Becky Pearson
Becky Pearson
  • Stephanie O'Neil

I'm with you Stephanie as i'm retired Air Force. Some of these people's views are archaeic and it's just generational differences and ignorrance.

Rich Kreuter
Rich Kreuter
  • Stephanie O'Neil

You are a credit to your country and every man and woman out there. Thank you for your service and dedication to our county. You have raised honorable children. One proof of that honor is your son following in the footsteps of his wonderfully proud mother. I appreciate your accomplishments. God Bless.

Teri Ludwick
Teri Ludwick
  • Stephanie O'Neil

Thank You for your service. My mother is a USAF Vietnam era vet

Todd Cathey
Todd Cathey
  • Stephanie O'Neil

who the hell wants to hear about being a credit to this non sense, I don't want your simple thanks, you thank the guy who bags your stinkin groceries. Those of us who are us are the only ones who truly care about veterans!

Larry W. Mayes
Larry W. Mayes
  • Stephanie O'Neil

Before I retired from the Navy, I questioned having women in the military, even though I married one and we still hang out after 41 years. Perhaps it was where I was at the time but when women were permitted to stay after having children, men and single women covered the duty rotations. In itself, not a big deal, but in one four year stretch, one woman had child 1, 2, 3 and was working on 4 when I left. Women who were there much of that time complained bitterly that since we always had to...

Before I retired from the Navy, I questioned having women in the military, even though I married one and we still hang out after 41 years. Perhaps it was where I was at the time but when women were permitted to stay after having children, men and single women covered the duty rotations. In itself, not a big deal, but in one four year stretch, one woman had child 1, 2, 3 and was working on 4 when I left. Women who were there much of that time complained bitterly that since we always had to have a woman at the clinic, they covered for one's (doctor ordered) absence every four days and the guys about every eight to 14 days. When one of the others, who was the loudest (bitterest) complainer became pregnant, she disrupted everything with demands. When you have someone who runs a clinic by almost daily changes in regulation, you get chaos. There two nurses and one female CPO debated who was to run the clinical side. When the noise died down all emerged from the room with red eyes and makeup smeared and no decision. For heaven's sake two officers and a CPO not knowing who was in charge? One officer didn't know how to set up isolation for a suspected communicable disease, what is was called, nor the regulation for grooming for she could not put on gloves because of her 1/2" long red fingernails. She also couldn't respond to a code Blue for it was lunchtime. The other nurse was strict "Do this for patient" & "Do that for patient", rather than "This is the situation and this is our best course of action.....". The CPO? We all three spend about two hours of each week in counseling sessions. (I also had the honor of being stationed with that CPO twice, twelve years apart! She was in counseling then too!) Four years out of 23 doesn't give many people a chance to show what they can do.

One day my daughter comes to me, "Dad, I want to join the Navy!". She ended up service in aviation during Desert Storm just as I was seeing the real contributions by women that seemed to pop up everywhere. I know some was just promo, but they distinguished themselves in many areas.Perhaps most notable, rescues by the Coast Guard. (We might jest between services, but they know how to handle their vessels and save lives!) When the USS Cole was struck, I was too by the event. Now, I mostly see a team where ever they go, as it should have been all along. Silver Stars are not just for guys anymore! It takes real bravery to face the evil side of people who distort Islam. Those ladies might wear combat boots, but they are formidable. Ladies, Stand Proud!

Rose Rea
Rose Rea
  • Stephanie O'Neil

Need more women in the armed forces. this country should be like Israel, train everyone.

Ravi Arumugam
Ravi Arumugam
  • Stephanie O'Neil

i am thrilled to read yr Message. For me 'you are the first person' not even yr President.

Shirley Birnbaum
Shirley Birnbaum

Everyone that serves in the military are has served ever be forgotten either male or female.

Gary Maxie
Gary Maxie

I find it difficult to approve of a woman being in a combat roll. It is very emotional to be in that position, no doubt women do a great job, just hard to ok that some child's mother is in that position! Mothers are Special!

Borden Crawford
Borden Crawford
  • Gary Maxie

True Gary , but the majority are there by volunteering.

Sherry L Sawyer Cook
Sherry L Sawyer Cook
  • Gary Maxie

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Eliza Beth
Eliza Beth
  • Gary Maxie

Fathers are special too! I don't understand why women have to be put in a different standard. It is just as difficult to lose a father as it is a mother.

Antara Ghosh
Antara Ghosh
  • Gary Maxie

A father dying in bad is also just as bad. And i think men have had enough of fun neglecting their duties towards their children and putting the whole responsibilty on the mothers.

Joan McDevitt
Joan McDevitt

Thank you for the sacrifices your family has made in the service of our country when we see a woman in a uniform we should see a soldier not a woman just a soldier no gender bias in the military. The government needs to provide for our veterans man or woman just a soldier.

Ronna Lynn Farrell
Ronna Lynn Farrell

Let's not let anyone that has served or is serving go forgotten!! Thank you to all!

Doratia J. Wilson
Doratia J. Wilson

gee, we do have a lot of women in the reserves in Guam, USA.

John Sebrasky
John Sebrasky

I agree with Janice 100%. Been in the military for 30 years, God Bless America, by far, the greatest country on the planet.

Jordane Pellerin
Jordane Pellerin
  • John Sebrasky

I can see that you have been properly brainwashed...

Larry Garrett
Larry Garrett
  • John Sebrasky

Jordane Pellerin I am praying for you and yours...

Denny Matthews
Denny Matthews
  • John Sebrasky

I'd rather have a woman fighting with me than to have a prick like you, Jordane! You sound like a sissy who never signed up with the military to serve your country. Gender Bias? You are a good example of it!

Oliver Leo Breeden Jr.
Oliver Leo Breeden Jr.

I feel a womans place is in the home raising kids. I also think that IF a woman wants to be in the service she should be in the rear echelon and not where she can be injured or killed. I think it is just part of the MALE personality to want to protect a woman and I wonder how many males are killed because they were watching out for a woman in battle. Yes I have served in Viet Nam and thank God the only women we saw were nurses and those that came over to entertain troops. I think it is just...

I feel a womans place is in the home raising kids. I also think that IF a woman wants to be in the service she should be in the rear echelon and not where she can be injured or killed. I think it is just part of the MALE personality to want to protect a woman and I wonder how many males are killed because they were watching out for a woman in battle. Yes I have served in Viet Nam and thank God the only women we saw were nurses and those that came over to entertain troops. I think it is just plain stupid to send women with children into battle. It seems this country is going the ways of our enemies.

Audrey Brantley
Audrey Brantley
  • Oliver Leo Breeden Jr.

whoooa... I could go on far about this. some agreement since women aren't physically as strong as men but you are way behind the times on this because the your whole concept of women is so out there. I think I will let it be at a friendly concern.

Mary Beth Hribar Breeden
Mary Beth Hribar Breeden
  • Oliver Leo Breeden Jr.

Really? Women's place is at home!!! Joking right????

Eliza Beth
Eliza Beth
  • Oliver Leo Breeden Jr.

I get the whole "I want to protect you cause you're a girl, and I'm a guy." thing, its just the nature of man.... But to say a woman's place is in the house or in the back of the group is just wrong. And as to how many males are killed because they are watching out for a woman in battle? taking into consideration that women are less than 15% of all armed forces, Not many. But I would just like to think that they didn't die protecting her because she is a female as much as he died protecting...

I get the whole "I want to protect you cause you're a girl, and I'm a guy." thing, its just the nature of man.... But to say a woman's place is in the house or in the back of the group is just wrong. And as to how many males are killed because they are watching out for a woman in battle? taking into consideration that women are less than 15% of all armed forces, Not many. But I would just like to think that they didn't die protecting her because she is a female as much as he died protecting a fellow combatant. Its not like if the girl they died protecting was a guy, they wouldn't have died protecting him too. And its as stupid to send women with children into battle as it is to send men with children into battle for, if as you said she belongs at home with the kids...and her husband, the father of her children gets killed, who is going to provide? =/ The fallacy of your argument makes it completely invalid and quite sexist....

Julie Brooks Combs
Julie Brooks Combs
  • Oliver Leo Breeden Jr.

I am a retired army officer, my areas were OCS Cadre both TAC and Instructor Certified, Transportation, Logistics, Human Ressources/AG, Operations and Budget Analysis. Unfortunately the generations of men have not been the same. I see both sides here. My father is a WWII Vet at 87 now - he still prefers women be looked after by their husband so she can be home with the kids in her home environment to support and raise the children with all her energy saved for herself and her family or...

I am a retired army officer, my areas were OCS Cadre both TAC and Instructor Certified, Transportation, Logistics, Human Ressources/AG, Operations and Budget Analysis. Unfortunately the generations of men have not been the same. I see both sides here. My father is a WWII Vet at 87 now - he still prefers women be looked after by their husband so she can be home with the kids in her home environment to support and raise the children with all her energy saved for herself and her family or interests. This is a protective thing. But he also raised 6 girls to be educated and believe they can do anything they so wish. This is why his baby, me went into active duty when I was 19. I loved it! So I stayed in and now am 44yo retired and am at home to see my son's high school graduation and take him across the world on mom and son adventures with military hops. The vast number of men no longer serve in the US they are miminimally patriotic unlike our WWII and Vietnam and Korea and Phillipines era men in American Society. So women have to fill the slots, those are just the stats. Not many high school boys are enlisting as a career choice overall. Also the demograph for men being head of a household has shrunk since the above mentioned eras so women are mother & father in their households being breadwinner and nurturer and both parents either by single parenthood or divorce. Just my opinions expressed...My husband's never looked after me they were in service then out of the service and became lazy, sloven, wasteful and would not support the family and lost their self-motivation after they were out of the military and finally I had to DX them from our family to eliminate caring for a grown able bodied mouth to feed.

Howard Terry
Howard Terry
  • Oliver Leo Breeden Jr.

Elizabeth Espinoza I do not see any comment about the love a child has for his or her Mother. that love is far more than trhe love for the Dad. you may believe this or not it matters not to me.

Oliver Leo Breeden Jr.
Oliver Leo Breeden Jr.
  • Oliver Leo Breeden Jr.

I just can't figure this out for the life of me. I was raised on a farm where my father and mother raised 6 kids, and NO we did not have all of the nice things so many kids had and yes we wore hand me downs, and no we did not have steak and chicken and pork at every meal, but compared to the kids of today that do not care about what they are given they just want more. We had only 1 tv and we played so called baseball with a stick and 25 cent rubber ball but we enjoyed it just as much as...

I just can't figure this out for the life of me. I was raised on a farm where my father and mother raised 6 kids, and NO we did not have all of the nice things so many kids had and yes we wore hand me downs, and no we did not have steak and chicken and pork at every meal, but compared to the kids of today that do not care about what they are given they just want more. We had only 1 tv and we played so called baseball with a stick and 25 cent rubber ball but we enjoyed it just as much as those that have got to have the best of everything to play with. When I married my present wife I asked her to quit her job and stay home and raise my 3 sons and later 2 daughters. She did and sure we had a few financial problems but the kids knew they did not and were not going to get everything the others had. I want someone to please explain the logic behind giving a woman a job that only a man is physically able to do and trhen she gets the same pay as a man. I will stand behind what I say and it has been proven that when the mother stays hame and everyone does not to be like the Jones's then Dick and Jane are happier kids. I say if a woman wants to be in the military then she should not have children and again should not be on the front. I have No problem with women being doctors teachers, druggists, nurses, pastors, secretaries, or any office job, but do not have them working the job that only a man can do and expect them to receive the same pay UNLESS they can prove they can do it. Now if I have hurt some family or friends feelings then sorry about that but thats the way I was raised and personally I am so proud of my parents it's hard to believe, now tell me how many of those that commented against what I said can actually tell me their kids appreciate all you do or did for them today

Antara Ghosh
Antara Ghosh
  • Oliver Leo Breeden Jr.

i thought we only had your kind of thought out here in india! but now i know we are only as backward as "developed" nations.

Janice Lydy
Janice Lydy

God Bless all the women serving past and present. You are amazing. There should be no gender bias in what the government provides for our veterans. Without them where would we be?

Angie Partridge
Angie Partridge
  • Janice Lydy

Amen!!!!!

Janice Lydy
Janice Lydy
  • Janice Lydy

Thank you Angela and Sharon. Good job well done.

Todd Cathey
Todd Cathey
  • Janice Lydy

janice you are a dink! 15 females were aressted for prostitution while station a brief time in kuwait

Kerris Milligan
Kerris Milligan
  • Janice Lydy

Thanks Janice, hopefully, there should be no differences to put up with now! When I served 1965 - 69 there were many, one silly one was - I was allowed to handle live ammo, shoot on a winning Rifle Shooting Team but not allowed to sew my crossed rifles badge onto my sleeve, only men were allowed to show that they were a crack shot!

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