Women veterans honored in Abbeville

Women veterans were honored at a special event hosted by the American Legion Post 29 on Wednesday.

Judge Advocate, Thomas Thompson said with the growing number of women veterans, it is important to show appreciation.

“Their roles have expanded since my days in Vietnam,” he began. “Instead of just nurses, now they are pilots and mechanics and they are in the field more.”

The event wasn't simply about showing appreciation, but also gave veterans a chance to express any concerns and get valuable information about civilian life.

“We are seeing a growing number of post traumatic stress disorder claims among women veterans. The American Legion isn't just a social club. We are a group that provides information to all veterans; if we don't know the answer, we know how to find it,” said Willie Hymel, Commander of the Post.

U.S. Attorney and Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Air Force Reserves Stephanie Finley was a guest speaker at the event. She said she wanted to express her thanks and gratitude to women in the military.

“When I wanted to join the military, women's roles weren't that great and there weren't very many high ranking officers. Now, I think it's important to show the public the roles women play and express gratitude to veterans,” she explained.

This event is the first of it's kind for the Abbeville American Legion, but Thompson hopes it won't be the last.

“With the stresses these young people have to face nowadays, I think the public is behoved to help in any way they can.”

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