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County Highlights Contributions of Women Veterans Salute to Recognize Role of Local Women in the Military

WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara salutes Women in the Military with a public recognition to acknowledge their sacrifice and contributions of both women who are currently enlisted and those who have previously served in the armed forces. The salute is one of the events the County has organized to celebrate Women’s History Month.

The event is hosted by the County of Santa Clara, the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy; the Office of City of San Jose Councilmember Rose Herrera; the Commission on the Status of Women; the Office of Veteran Services; the National Guard; and Veterans Affairs Commission.

WHO:
Supervisor George Shirakawa
, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Colonel Lori Marion, Medical Advisor to the California National Guard, Keynote speaker
Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Director, County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Rose Herrera, City of San Jose Councilwoman, District 8, Veteran
Diane Marroquín, Air Force Veteran, Event Chair
Linda Kleinsasser, Women’s Program Manager, Veteran’s Administration
Lt. Commander DesaRae A. Janszen, U.S. Coast Guard
Women Veterans in Santa Clara County

WHERE:
County Government Center, 70 West Hedding St., San Jose, CA

WHEN:
Thursday, March 25, 2010, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Reception at Lobby Breezeway
6:00 p.m. Recognition at Board Chambers

WHY:
The face of the US military has dramatically changed in the last decade. Today, 15 percent of active duty military personnel are women. Of the 1.7 million women veterans nationally, 165,000 reside in California – more than any other state. Over 155,000 women are currently serving abroad, including Afghanistan and Iraq.

The County of Santa Clara honors the contributions of women in the military and is committed to connecting women veterans and their families to information and resources to assist with their specific needs and support their transition back into civilian life. Community agencies and organizations will share resources and information

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

Interviews with participants and women veterans ahead of time and during event
Exhibit highlighting local women who are active in all branches of the military
Military Color Guard and music

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119. Buu Thai, Office of Women’s Policy, (408) 299-5135. 
Posted: March 23, 2010