In 1999, Congress designated the month of May as Military Appreciation Month to recognize and reflect on the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families who serve and have served this great country of ours. This month is to celebrate and honor the contributions of those who are a part of and have been a part of the US Armed Forces and the contributions they have made in preserving our way of life. Many organizations and communities around the country are celebrating this month in various ways to recognize our Active Duty members and their families, our Reserve Component members and their families and our Veterans and their families.
Join Living Your Best Life as we celebrate "HERstroy...Women In the Military" for the next few weeks. We will hear from military women, active and veterans, who are daughters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and friends. Women from the Marines, Army, Air Force, and Navy will share personal stories and highlights from their military careers. All have roles that made them the "first" in many endeavors throughout their lives and in the military. We will hear about their many acts of courage and sacrifice that embody servant leadership that will empower, inspire, and motivate listeners.
On Saturday, May 26, 2012, we will hear from leaders in the Veterans Administration. Dr. Betty Moseley Brown, Associate Director of the Center for Women Veterans, and Colonel Many-Bears Grinder, the first female to lead Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, will share how their decision to serve our country helped shaped their passion to serve others.
In 2010, the theme for Women's History month was "Writing Women Back into History." Dr. Moseley Brown, a Marine, challenged the theme's concept by asking, "When were women written out of history?" That question lead her to initiating HERstory to recognize the contributions of women veterans. Starting internally within the VA, she advocated for women who have severed our country faithfully and courageously stories be told. In 2011, HERstory went beyond the VA to other branches of the military. Dr. Moseley Brown efforts are now being duplicated by many around the country who want to share the countless stories of women who have served in the Armed Forces.
Colonel Many-Bears Grinder will share her life's journey and how 35 years of service in the military gives her wisdom and compassion on how to serve our men and women after their military duties have ended. Her story includes her life as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and mother-in-law of a fallen solider. She bares her heart and soul in an interview that will leave you wanting to hear more from one of Tennessee's inspiring servant leaders.
This series of shows will have a "few surprises" as well. Tune into 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, streaming live online at UStream.TV and on military bases on Saturdays from 9:00-10am CST.
More About Dr. Betty Moseley Brown
Betty Moseley Brown assumed the position of Associate Director of the Center for Women Veterans on November 1, 2004. Dr. Moseley Brown’s passion for Veterans began during her United States Marine Corps service from 1978 – 1992. During her military years she was a Chaplains Assistant in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, a recruiter in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Personnel Chief in San Diego, California. Her Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) career began at the San Diego Regional Office, where she was a Veterans Benefits Counselor and served as the Women Veterans Coordinator. She briefly left the VA to work for the Department of the Navy.
Dr. Moseley Brown’s Mother was an Army Veteran and her Father retired from the Air Force. Both are in eternal resting places at a VA National Cemetery. In March 2010, Dr. Moseley Brown kicked-off the “Her Story” campaign to recognize the military contributions of women Veterans.
Photo credits: TN Women's Veteran Summit in Nashville: TN Dept of VA
Dr. Betty Moseley Brown with family: Dr.Betty Brown Moseley
More about Colonel Many-Bears Grinder here.
More about Colonel Jacqueline Nave here.