"[Jaspen] Boothe, 35, considers it her mission to help her female comrades who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Since 2011, she has provided transitional housing or financial assistance to more than 50 female veterans and their children through her nonprofit, Final Salute.
"Not every veteran is living under a bridge," Boothe said. "Not all veterans have mental issues. Not all veterans have experienced substance abuse. Some veterans have just fallen on hard times."
When they do fall, it can be hard for female veterans with children to find housing, according to the Government Accountability Office. It reported that 60% of the homeless shelters that serve female veterans don’t accept children or have restrictions based on age or the number of children that can be housed.
Blessing Liman, a 25-year-old lady from Kaduna State, has become Nigeria’s first female military pilot. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) at the weekend commissioned her along with 126 others who completed the Direct Short Service Course 2010/11 Cadets of 325 Ground Training Group at the NAF Base, Kaduna.
Miss Liman said she was very excited and proud to make history. She said: “It is very uplifting and I feel very proud of myself though it has been very challenging. Coming from the civil war and the civil mentality, the Air Force has done a great job because it has changed our orientation.
“I believe that all females have equal opportunity to dignify their rights in whatever adventure they choose they can do.”
Liman, who wants to encourage other females, called on other womenfolk to see her feat as a challenge for them to explore their capabilities “for nation-building”.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar, said the successful passing out from cadet training of the first female pilot was “a very laudable achievement” to the nation.
The armed forces were directed to produce female combatants, he said, in order to give impetus to gender equality in the polity as part of President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda - as well as affirm the belief that women can make valuable contributions to nation building.
Umar said by producing the first female military pilot, NAF had given a good account of itself and justified the vision of its founding fathers as a veritable tool for nation-building.
He noted that although the federal government had taken steps to address the internal security situation across Nigeria, there was the need for the armed forces to be abreast of the general security situation in the country.
“Your primary responsibility is ensuring national security and the territorial integrity of our dear nation; hence I need to remind you where your loyalty lies,” he said, charging members of the armed forces to cultivate harmonious relationships with the populace without compromising military values.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — There may be some anxiety from male Marines as female officers work their way into infantry and other combat jobs that historically have been open only to men, Gen. James F. Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, said Tuesday.
Amos said early steps to begin moving women into artillery, tank air defense and combat engineer units have been successful, but the more difficult tests lie ahead.
‘‘Change doesn’t come easy to the United States Marine Corps,’’ Amos told an audience at the National Press Club. ‘‘But when it does, when it’s rooted, it lasts forever. So I think we’ll work our way through it.’’
A key challenge will take place next month as female Marine officers attend the grueling infantry officer school at the Marine Corps’ Quantico, Va., base as part of an experiment to gauge whether women can handle the course’s extreme physical and mental challenges. So far, two women have volunteered to go through the 13-week course, which historically sees attrition rates of 20 percent to 25 percent when only men are participating.
‘‘I need to get past hyperbole and get past intuition and instincts, and I need to get facts,’’ Amos said, adding that the Marines intend to maintain the same standards for men and women. ‘‘If you’re going to be infantry officer, you will spend 13 weeks at Quantico going through some very, very difficult training. So that’s the standard, the measure of an infantry officer in the Marine Corps.’’
Officials, he said, will evaluate the test, collect the data and then he will give his recommendation to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
The Pentagon in February announced that the military was formally opening up thousands of jobs to women in units closer to the front lines to better reflect the realities of modern warfare. Women already are fight on the front lines in Afghanistan, and they did the same in Iraq. The new rules will allow women to perform many of the jobs they already have been doing, but in smaller units that are closer to the fighting and were once considered too dangerous.
To say women are a minority in the Marine Corps is an understatement; of the roughly 200,000 Marines, 13,700 are female. So the integration will be slow and in small numbers.
I need feminism BECAUSE I am a leader of America’s Sons and Daughters and I take that responsibility very seriously.
As an officer and soldier in the United States Army, I lead male and female Soldiers and it shouldn’t matter that I’m a woman. I care about my Soldiers, my mission, and my unit. I am a good leader and a good Soldier, neither because nor despite being a woman.
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII (10 September 2009) — 1st Lt. Rebecca M. Turpin stands proudly at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal is awarded for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service. The “V” device denotes an act of uncommon valor performed during direct contact with an enemy force.