Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Kelly Fitzpatrick invites women veterans, along with other members of the veteran community and the general public, to a reception celebrating women veterans to celebrate and kick-off Women’s Military History Week. The event will include brief remarks, refreshments and displays of women veteran military uniforms by the Uniform Display Museum, as well as the popular I Am Not Invisible poster exhibit. The reception will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 16, in the first floor lobby of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, 700 Summer Street N.E. in Salem.
fellow women veterans!
I wanted to be sure all of you see this important announcement because it’s an opportunity for your voice to be heard and for you to participate in the big picture when it comes to some oversight for ODVA. Although there are women veterans on the Advisory Board, it is my opinion that there can never be too many, so I’m hoping that a number of you will look at this opportunity and decide to fill out the application.
As women we tend to negate ourselves and our experiences and say "oh, why bother, I won’t be chosen.” In the words of the great Wayne Gretzky: "you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” My rah rah rah to you tonight is this: Take the shot. Fill out the application. No, you might not get it, but on the other hand, you might! There is a statistic that says men will apply for a job even if they are only 60% qualified, but women won’t apply unless they are at least 90% qualified. That means even if you are only 70% qualified, you are STILL more qualified than some of the men applying. I know a good number of you are qualified, and we need the voices of women veterans – your voices - everywhere we can get them.
Elizabeth A. Estabrooks, MSSW, Oregon Women Veterans Coordinator