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March 16, 2017

Date: March 16, 2017
Release Number: 201703-05-09 

Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center acknowledges Women’s History Month 2017

by David L. Omura / Interim Medical Center Director of the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC

Mysterious…yet all-knowing. 

Fearless, brave, compassionate, smart, beautiful, trustworthy…

These are just a few of the millions of words that anyone can attribute to any person; but for this moment in time, they are complimentary to the persona of the women today.

March 2017 has welcomed the month of recognition to women in our city, state, country, and around the world. “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” is the theme that is designated for the 31 days in the month.

At the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center here in Columbia, S.C., one can find trailblazing women in all capacities. 

They are either providing care to Veterans or coming in as patients themselves, having served in conflicts from Korea to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over 2,600 people work at Dorn. Our recent stats indicate that 64 per cent of them are women. That’s 1, 680 trailblazers!

On countless occasions, the women employees of Dorn have been called upon to render life-saving aid and assistance to the thousands of Veterans who come through our doors, following the Veterans Affairs mission that was born under the words of the second inaugural address from President Abraham Lincoln…”to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan…”

Visit us and you will find Dorn’s trailblazers working in/or as doctors, physician assistants, nurses, payroll, librarian, cooks, social workers, therapists, laboratory, vehicle operators, identification card processers, training instructors, dietitians, data entry, telephone operators, housekeepers, engineers, executive assistants, police officers, equal employment and more.

And let’s not forget the women Veterans who have labored over their respective occupational specialties as aviators, supply technicians, intelligence analysts, commanders, First Sergeants, drill sergeants, heavy equipment operators, lawyers, security, communication specialists, musicians, mortuary affairs specialists, etc.

While following through with their jobs, they continued to raise and nurture families and continue with education opportunities to heighten their life-long goals.

Though the history of women has a long reaching span throughout the decades, it wasn’t addressed in a public format until a “Women’s History Week” celebration was initiated in California in the late 70’s.

Thank goodness, it has progressed into a month-long outpouring of recognition to women.

So unless you live on Mars, and who knows what exists there these days, I would encourage everyone take time before this month is out to honor and pay tribute to a woman in your path. Whether it is your neighbor across the street, a teacher to your children, a family member or friend, or one of the Dorn employees or Veterans, acknowledge their contribution to the world that we live in.

Let them know that even though the country only recognizes them for 31 days, we will honor them all and their ‘trailblazing’ spirits forever.