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News Release: Melissa Washington- VA Woman Veteran Trailblazer

Melissa A. Washington, President and Founder of Women Veterans Alliance has been recognized by Department of Veterans Affairs as one this years Women Veteran Trailblazers.

15 women Veterans representing all branches of military service in a 2019 campaign titled “Trailblazers: Women Breaking Barriers".

The Trailblazers were introduced at a ceremony at the Women’s Memorial (WIMSA) in DC on March 7th. During the ceremony a photo exhibit and documentary video were unveiled sharing interviews all of the 15 that were honored. VA’s Center for Women Veterans will host this exhibit in VAMC’s nationwide and travel to additional facilities. This will highlight these inspiring women and increase the awareness of women Veterans.

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The following women are the 2019 Women Veteran Trailblazers:

  • Robinann Alex, U.S. Navy; Pappilion, Nebraska
  • Cathy Bennett-Santos, U.S. Army; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Patricia Collins, U.S. Army; Alexandria, Virginia
  • Diana Danis, U.S. Army; Bloomington, Nebraska
  • Kyleanne Hunter, U.S. Marine Corps, Leesburg, Virginia
  • Michele Jones, U.S. Army; Jacksonville, Florida
  • Judy Keene, U.S. Coast Guard; Washington, D.C.
  • Ginger Miller, U.S. Navy; Accokeek, Maryland
  • Tonja Myles, U S. Army; Zachary, Louisiana
  • Amanda Plante, U.S. Navy; Santee, California
  • Linda Singh, Army National Guard; Bowie, Maryland
  • Cassie Strom, U.S. Air Force; St. Louis, Missouri
  • Wilma Vaught, U.S. Air Force; Falls Church, Virginia
  • Melissa Washington, U.S. Navy; Lincoln, California
  • Tanya Whitney, U.S. Army; Sorrento, Louisiana

Several of the trailblazers spent a Day on the Hill, visiting Senator Duckworth and Congresswoman Luria. 

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Congresswoman Elaine Luria
Navy Veteran

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Senator Tammy Duckworth
Army Veteran