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Invisible Veteran

 

Military Women’s Memorial- VA’s Mission to Serve All Who Served

March 16th.  Air Force Colonel (RET.) Lisa Carrington Firmin’s poem, “Invisible Veteran” read by Marine Corps Veteran Jennifer Esparza

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Invisible Veteran

By Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin, USAF Ret

Do you see me?

You look beyond me and speak as if I am not even here

But I am standing right in front of you

Do you see me?

You acknowledge the male veteran next to me with your gratitude and respect

But you ignore my service and sacrifice

Do you see me?

You assume I’m someone’s wife, daughter, sister, mother or grandmother

But I served too

Do you see me?

You revert to your default setting that only men are warriors

But I am a combat veteran who is also a woman

Do you see me?

You downplay my contribution, unaware that women serve

But my sacrifice and valor were equal to or greater than some men

Do you see me?

You force me to work at gaining your respect

But haven’t I already earned that?

Do you see me?

You still fail to identify or recognize me, I wonder if it is deliberate or ignorance

But my invisibility as a woman vet speaks volumes, are you listening?