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Women In the Military

It is estimated that only one percent of the U.S. population signs up to serve the nation and of those, only a small fraction are women.
It is estimated that only one percent of the U.S. population signs up to serve the nation and of those, only a small fraction are women. 

Laura Stradley served her country for eight years. As a kid, she would dress up in her dad's military uniform and had no idea you could play music in the army.

"When the recruiter called, he did a good job," she said.

Saxophone was Laura's specialty.

"The idea of serving my country just really appealed to me. I felt like not a lot of women do that and I felt like it really would be an accomplishment for me if I could do it," Laura said.

Like every other soldier, she went through basic training and learned how to use weapons. 

"I was around people who viewed a soldier as a soldier; not as a female or a male," she said.

Laura traveled the world and played for presidents and celebrities. She even met her husband. As head of Monroe County's Veterans Service Agency, she wants to recognize the service of other female veterans- those who sometimes do not ask for help.

"We find that a lot of women vets don't even identify themselves as veterans, which is still in this day and age so disappointing," she said.

The agency will honor women vets next week and also provide help, connecting them to services.

"There have been opportunities in history where we have failed our sisters in arms and now is an opportunity to embrace them," she said.

Stradley says you can never say thank you enough. The celebration for female veterans will take place February 13th at the Nixon Peabody law firm from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You must register through the Veterans Services Agency. 


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