From distance runners to cyclists, the stories of 10 women Veteran athletes will be displayed at VA medical centers around the country in March, to coincide with Women’s History Month.
“The Women Veteran Athletes Initiative will highlight the strength, diversity and resilience of women who served our country,” said VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin. “With this effort, our goal is to increase awareness of women Veterans, both in VA and in the public, and to encourage women Veterans to choose VA to support their health and wellness goals.”
In order to accomplish the Women Veteran Athletes Initiative, VA, with assistance from the Veterans Canteen Service, has partnered with Team Red, White & Blue, a nonprofit organization that advocates for Veterans. The Semper Fi Fund and Comcast are also supporting this initiative.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this exhibition to celebrate these women and the role physical activity has played in their lives,” said Megan King, development director of Team Red, White & Blue. “Through this collaboration, we showcase the power of sport and its role in increasing Veterans’ life enrichment through enhanced physical, mental and emotional health.”
The 10 women Veteran athletes represent all branches of the armed services, and were selected by VA and its partners. The women who will be featured in the initiative are:
Photos of the women were taken by Air Force Veteran Stacy Pearsall, founder of the Veterans Portrait Project. The displays, which include photos of the women in and out of uniform, along with a brief biography, will be featured at the following VA facilities in March, after which the displays will travel to additional facilities:
For more information about VA’s benefits and services for women Veterans, as well as the Women Veteran Athletes Initiative, visit www.va.gov/womenvet.