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For Women's History Month, Veteran Affairs to Showcase Stories of 10 Women Washington Veterans Athletes


For Women’s History Month, Vet Affairs to Showcase Stories of 10 Women US Veterans Athletes

February 14, 2018, 03:26:00 PM

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Unites States — From distance runners to cyclists, the stories of 10 women US Veterans athletes will be displayed at U.S. Dept. of US Veterans Affairs (VA.Gov) Medical Centers around the country in March, to coincide with Women’s History Month. 

“The Women Vet Athletes Initiative will highlight the strength, diversity and resilience of women who served our country,” said Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. “With this effort, our goal is to increase awareness of women US Veterans, both in US VA.Gov and in the public, and to encourage women Vets to choose Veterans Affairs to support their health and wellness goals.”  

In order to accomplish the Women US Vets Athletes Initiative, VA’s Center for Women’s Veterans[3], with assistance from the Government Veterans Canteen Service[4], has partnered with Team Red, White & Blue[5], a nonprofit organization that advocates for Veteran. 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 US Vets athletes represent all branches of the armed services, and were selected by Vets Affairs and its partners. The women who will be featured in the initiative are:

  • Ardrena Bailey, a U.S. Army Veterans from Alexandria, Virginia. Bailey has participated in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (multiple sports).
  • Ivanna Brown, a U.S. Air Force US Vets from Miami, Florida. Brown has participated in the National Vet Wheelchair Games (multiple sports).
  • Candice Caesar, a U.S. Army Veteran from Houston, Texas. Caesar is a triathlete and distance runner.
  • Bernadine Donato, a US Veterans of the U.S. Navy and Air Force, from Raleigh, North Carolina. She participates in weight training, running, cycling and Zumba.
  • Mila Dimal, a U.S. Navy Washington Veterans from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dimal is a runner.
  • Cami Gage, a U.S. Air Force Vet from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gage is a triathlete.
  • Indira Glennon, a U.S. Army Veteran from Columbia, South Carolina. She is a triathlete who runs, as well.
  • Sarah Holzhalb, a U.S. Coast Guard Veterans from Covington, Louisiana. Holzhalb’s athletic interests include running, biking, yoga and basketball.
  • Angela Madsen, a U.S. Marine Corps Veterans from Long Beach, California. Madsen participates in Paralympics shotput and rowing.
  • Judi Roberts, a Washington Veterans of the U.S. Air National Guard, from Martinsburg, West Virginia. Roberts has participated in the Golden Age Games (multiple sports). 

Photos of the women were taken by Air Force Veteran Stacy Pearsall, founder of the Vet Portrait Project[6]. The displays, which include photos of the women in and out of uniform, along with a brief biography, will be featured at the following Veterans Affairs facilities in March, after which the displays will travel to additional facilities:

  • Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, New York
  • Anchorage VA Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Atlanta Vets Affairs Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dayton VA Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio
  • El Paso Unites States VA Medical Center, El Paso, Texas
  • Bruce W. Carter Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Miami, Florida
  • Minneapolis VA.Gov Health Care System, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • VA Portland Vets Affairs Health Care, Portland, Oregon
  • VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, Reno, Nevada
  • Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

For more information about VA’s benefits and services for women Vet, as well as the Women US Vets Athletes Initiative, visit www.va.gov/womenvet[7].

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