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Connecting Women Veterans in Northeast Florida and Beyond
Zahara Veterans Network, Inc. was established to serve the unique needs of women veterans. Silence and isolation has plagued the woman veteran community for years and our focus is to “Raise Their Voice” by connecting them to each other. We can help guide women veterans to the right resources, government programs, family support services, or career development centers to make a true difference. We are on a mission to help veterans “Get a G.R.I.P.” and become members in our growing woman veteran organization as we increase our advocacy to create change.
With over 1.8 million women veterans nationwide and more than 140,000 living in the state of Florida, we strive to make a direct impact on every veteran community. And through our immediate efforts in Florida, we have expanded the reach of our network by establishing relationships with women veterans from across the nation. Join us today and become a member as our powerful community of women veterans continues to grow.
Orange Park, Florida
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Welcome to all female veterans. This site is for you.
The United States military has most of their positions open to women. There are some restrictions because of physical demands that women cannot meet such as special forces positions.
Women have been involved in the U.S. military since 1775, but more in the civilian fields of nursing, laundering, mending clothing and cooking. Several hundred women enlisted and fought in the US Civil War, nearly all of them disguised as men, many discovered on the battlefield and in hospitals after becoming wounded. In 1917 Loretta Walsh became the first woman to enlist. But it was not until 1948 that a law was finally passed that made women a permanent part of the military services. In 1976, the first group of women was admitted into a U.S. military academy. Currently, approximately 16% of the graduating West Point class consists of women.
In the years 1990 and 1991 some 40,000 American military women were deployed during the Gulf War operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. But not one woman was able to take on any form of combat. From 1994 on a policy prohibited women from being assigned to ground combat units below the brigade level.
According to statistics from 2013, 15.6 percent of the U.S. Army’s 1.1 million soldiers, including National Guard And Reserve, were female. That year, women served in 95 percent of all army occupations.
To establish the Only Monument to honor 25 %of Military plus 2.3 Million Women Veterans who have been in combat since 1948 Our roles as women has changed. The Monument recognized that change and is Empowering Women and there future generations of Women in the Military.
Gulf Breeze, FL