On June 12th CalVet Celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act and presented their six 2023 Trailblazers as the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. With over 200 attendees
Trailblazer Award recipients:
Irma Hagans Cooper, Los Angeles. Cooper spent 30 years in the Army and since has served as president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Black Women in the Military and as the vice president of the San Gabriel Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP).
Mary Cortani, San Martin. Cortani is a Vietnam Era Army veteran who founded Operation Freedom Paws, a nonprofit that enables veterans dealing with anxiety issues and PTSD to train their own service dogs.
Elena Kim, Orange County. Kim served five years in the Army as a Human Intelligence Collector and was deployed to Iraq in 2006 and 2007. She has worked as a veterans advocate since leaving the Army in 2010.
Rhonda Murphy, Santa Barbara. Murphy is a Navy veteran and the first and only woman to lead the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers in the organization’s 78-year history.
Connie Owens, Merced. A 30-year Air Force veteran and a Gold Star mom, Owens regularly volunteers to help unhoused veterans by collecting and delivering food, water, clothing, and other essentials. She is an active member of Merced’s Gold Star Mothers.
Latia Suttle, Southern California. Suttle is an Army veteran who helped dig through the rubble of the Khobar Towers complex following the terrorists’ attacks in 1996. She now volunteers for the National Association of Black Military Women, NAACP, and other organizations.
Photos from Woman Veteran Owned, Smile and More Photo Booth click here