Meredith College will hold its annual Honoring Women Veterans event on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. in Jones Chapel. The event honors all veterans, with special emphasis on the contributions of women veterans.
The event will feature address by Sandra Robinson, combat female veteran and registered nurse, U.S. Army Reserve. Robinson is founder and president of Combat Female Veterans Families (CFVF) United. Her background has afforded her extensive familiarity with women veterans’ post-deployment issues and their gender-specific healthcare needs. Robinson served in the Army Reserve, 846th Transportation Unit and deployed in theater during Operation Desert Storm. She received numerous medals during her years of duty, to include the Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars. While being deployed to war wasn’t something she anticipated, the experience proved rewarding, leaving her with a profound sense of commitment to her sisters-in-arms.
The Honoring Women Veterans event is free and open to the public.
Other Veterans Day commemorations include a panel discussion, She’s the Veteran, 10 a.m. in Ledford 101 on Friday, November 15. This event will focus on the breadth of experiences and the challenges facing female veterans. For Meredith students, the chapel event and the panel count for Academic/Cultural Event credit.
The Meredith College Student Scholars, Honoring Women Veterans Committee, and the Office of Student Leadership and Service (SLS) are collaborating with CFVF United, a nonprofit organization that provides support and advocacy for female combat veterans. They are currently in need of the following toiletries and snacks for holiday care packages for deployed female service members:
• Soaps, shampoos, body wash in travel sizes
• Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
• Tampons or sanitary napkins in travel packs
• Deodorant, lotion, sunscreen in travel sizes
• Facial tissue, Q-tips, cotton pads in travel packs
• Granola bars or protein bars
• Individual snack packs of nuts or trail mix
• Powdered drink “sticks”
• Gum packs
Drop off items at collection boxes labeled for CFVF United throughout campus or bring items to SLS Office (202 Cate Center) by Friday, November 22.
Meredith College will again be supporting service members with holiday cards. Please stop by the lobby of the Cate Student Center from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. from November 11-22 to create holiday cards for the troops. They will be sent to service members through the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program.