Women are veterans, too
Although I tried not to let the man on the phone’s comment bother me, a low flame of indignation welled up inside me. Here we were buying a home through a bank I had been with for 14 years, a bank dedicated to serving military members and veterans. We were using a VA benefit, one available to us because of my military service, and the company was thanking my husband.
Now, please don’t misunderstand my frustration.
There’s no doubt in my mind that military service encompasses the entire family.
While it’s not about gratitude or receiving thanks, it is about the assumption that because you’re a woman, you couldn’t possibly be a military member. I think it’s about acknowledging that the woman sitting in the VA hospital JUST MIGHT be a veteran herself. It’s about being overlooked, disregarded, forgotten and often, invisible. Nowhere else is this more apparent than when a female military member or veteran is dealing with an organization that should be aware of their military status.