VA and White House Honor Women Veterans Who Make a Difference

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Fourteen women Veterans from across the country were selected by The White House as a Women Veterans Champion of Change.  They were honored in ceremonies hosted by the White House and the Department of Veterans Affairs on March 19.

“These women Veterans continued serving long after their military service,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.  “It is about being part of something bigger than ourselves.  It is the thread that connects everyone here.  You served proudly.  Now it is our turn to answer the call.”

The White House annually recognizes Americans who are making positive change in their communities.  This year, commemorating Women Veterans Make History during Women’s History Month, the White House selected 14 women Veterans whose contributions and sacrifices while serving in the military were often surpassed by the extraordinary things they are doing today to make a difference in their communities.

One of the 14 women honored was VA Chief of Chaplains Priscilla Mondt, from the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark.  Chaplain Mondt retired from the Army Chaplain Corps having served in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.  She was the recipient of the Bronze Star for combat valor and the Legion of Merit.  Her visionary approach to spiritual care, from personal care to technology, set a high standard for addressing the needs of Veteran patients and families.

“I’m proud to be a woman Veteran, but even prouder to be serving Veterans,” said Chaplain Mondt.  “I understand their culture, the journey they made.  When they ask for a combat Veteran to work with one of our Vets who is dealing with spiritual and mental health issues, the Vet is always a bit surprised to see a woman walk through the door.  But it doesn’t take long to know I’m one of them.

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