Female veterans honored in Arcata

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ARCATA- Female veterans were recognized for their role in keeping the country safe in Arcata on Friday.

The 6th annual Honoring Women Veterans Program was held at the Arcata Veterans Memorial Hall and was organized by the Redwood Vets Center. Female veterans from every war since World War II attended. The Mad River Honor Guard kicked off the program by displaying the nation’s colors. Later, representatives with the VA Medical Clinic shared information about new programs for vets.  VA Medical Center representative gave presentations on womens’ health and well-being.  Veterans who attended say it is an important event.

"The male veterans have been honored throughout history and this day is very important to all women veterans and especially me, because this is my first time being publicly acknowledged.  And I feel proud today and I haven't felt proud in a long time," said Bernice Turner, who served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1980-1986.

"Events like these really bring everything up to a level where you feel that you can say you're a veteran again, you can be respected by your other veterans and you can share stories," said Brenda Starr, who served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1972-1976.