Military veteran and expectant mother: many people don’t associate the two roles.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to correct that misconception while it boosts outreach to the fast-growing segment of female veterans. This month, the agency is holding dozens of baby showers for pregnant women and new moms across the country.
On Thursday at the VA’s West L.A. campus in Brentwood, pink and blue balloons led to a room filled with cupcakes, baby supplies, and expecting parents cooing over tiny socks.
But don’t let the cute decorations fool you. These are tough mothers.
Take Gena Smith, a former missile radar technician in the Navy.
“My job was to maintain and operate the system that allows for us to shoot those missiles that go boom,” she said.