WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 — First Lady Michelle Obama had a message for women veterans today: “Tell your story.”
The first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of vice president Joe Biden, attended an annual Women’s History Month reception, honoring women veterans and hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught was singled out for honors at the reception. The first woman comptroller selected for the rank of brigadier general, Vaught served after her military retirement as president of the board of directors for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation Inc. until January of this year.
Women in ‘Just About Every Role and Rank’
Obama called Vaught “one of the most inspiring, trail-blazing women I have ever met.”
“Thanks to brilliant, fearless women like General Vaught, today more than 200,000 women are serving our country in just about every role and rank,” the first lady said. “They are flying fighter jets, training new recruits, they’re graduating Army Ranger School -- and I met those graduates. They are awesome -- fierce. And as you’ve already heard, they will soon be welcome in every combat unit in our armed forces.”
But “the striking reality,” Obama said, is that those women in uniform and three million living women veterans “still face plenty of challenges as they serve this country and then transition back to civilian life.”
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