Veterans Auxiliary Group honors women in the service - KOAM TV 7

Veterans Auxiliary Group honors women in the service


In Neosho, fellow American Legion members came together to honor four-state women for their service.

Army vet and current nurse case manager, Rhonda Philliber understands that times have changed, and women are fighting the same battles as the men.

"With the way that wars are now, and that the combat is now, women are on the front lines all the time. They're flying helicopters, they're maintaining vehicles, they're medics, they're nurses or doctors. So they're out there just as much as the men, they're just not always publicized." Philliber explains.

The Neosho American legion auxiliary group post 163 hoped to change all that, by honoring local women veterans with a special tea ceremony.

The McDonald County High School ROTC presented the colors, and there was also a keynote speaker.

"We have such a good group of women here that will go out of their way to do anything to help someone in need. If we can help them, we will try to help them. If we don't have the resources to help them, then we will find the resource to help them." says Tina Walden, President of the Auxiliary group.

The women shared their military history with one another, and shared the feelings they felt on the front lines...right beside the men.

"Women are always the nurturers, the caregivers, and the men are the warriors. And I don't think women are always considered when they say "okay we're taking care of the soldiers", they don't think of women as warriors and soldiers." Philliber says.

"Being the mother of a son who is in the military, it makes you want to do more for the military." Walden explains.

Following the ceremony, Philliber will head back to Fort Leonard Wood, where she is currently in active duty service, says the strength she finds from her fellow female soldiers keeps her going every day.

"There's a special comradery when you're with other women vets because we're all sisters. We've been there, done that, we know what we've all gone through."


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