Did you know that women make up approximately 15% of our armed forces — the highest percentage in our nation’s history? As a female vet, do you feel like when you go to the VA or certain events, you’re automatically assumed to be the wife of a veteran or a relative? Well, one female vet is setting a new precedent for making it clear that women can and do serve!
Nadine Noky was a radar technician in the military from 2002 to 2007, and was deployed in Iraq in 2005 — only four months after her son Sean was born. She left the military after her five-year term as a specialist.
After she left the military, Noky created a Facebook group called Lady Brigade, where women vets could connect and talk about what concerned them. Surprised by the lack of female vet gear, Noky then created her own clothing line specifically for female veterans. (And with a background in graphic design and advertising, she was the perfect candidate to take up the challenge.)
Noky designs, prints, packages, and mails the shirts herself, and also runs a website and blog. In addition, Noky recently organized the first ever Women Veterans Conference. The event was held from April 17 to 19, 2015, in Sarasota, Florida, and was a great kick-off for a great organization. Noky’s determination to make female veterans feel appreciated is admirable, and we’re excited to see what she does for the veteran community.
“Women actually serve in the military, too,” Nadine told NPR. “And they don’t look like, you know, the first image that comes to your mind. Even just going to a doctor’s appointment, they always assume that I was somebody’s wife or that I worked there instead of a veteran. And I was, like, man, if I just had a shirt, I could say I’m a veteran, too.”
It’s important to recognize all of our vets, for all that they sacrifice in the name of freedom for our country. Sometimes those vets need a little help when they return. You can help feed homeless vets and show off your veteran pride when you purchase this baseball t-shirt from our store! This soft tee features a distressed flag pattern, as well as “Proud To Serve” and “Veteran” lettering.Whizzco