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Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6706)
Sarah Myers (Project Director: October 2019 to present)

Dialogues on the Experience of War
Education Programs

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$64,593 (approved)
$64,593 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 4/30/2022

We are Veterans Too: Women’s Experiences in the U.S. Military

A two-day workshop to prepare facilitators to lead discussion programs for veterans in five host communities in the United States. 

The title of this program, “We are Veterans Too,” acknowledges the fact that female veterans desire recognition as veterans (rather than as female veterans) in the context of an American culture that continues to perpetuate the memory of veterans and of the experience of war as male. The purpose of focusing specifically on female veterans is to create an atmosphere where female veterans and current military service members can talk about their experiences and sensitive subjects openly and in safe spaces. Such forums will allow them to address the unique challenges they face in the American military and general public. The discussion workshops will be held in states with the largest population of veterans and at institutions with already existing veteran network. Ultimately, these workshop readings and primary sources will allow them to identify with the past and also reconcile change or continuity over time for the woman in uniform.