Category: WMA

Because She Served Rose

History of the Lady Marine Rose The Greater Oregon Chapter is credited with cultivating the official Women Marines Association flower to honor women in the Marine Corps. A ten-year dream of chapter member Eva Rae Briscoe was to develop a special rose in Montezuma red representing the cap cord color on the female Marine garrison…

WMA and Covid-19

A Message From the WMA National President Marines, In these uncertain times, we understand the angst and worry many of our members and their families are going through.  Here in Virginia, my husband and I have self-quarantined at home and fortunately, we are not symptomatic and are firm in our belief that we will come…

Muriel Underwood

Women Marines Association IL-2 Blanche S. Osborne IL-2 made sure to put a smile on the face of life member of Muriel Underwood. Due to a few health issues Muriel has not been able to drive to meetings. Her chapter decided to take their meeting to her. Muriel is a WWII Veteran War or ConflictWorld…

WMA NC-3 Semper Fi Chapter

NC-3 celebrated the 77th anniversary at the home of President Tracy Crow in Liberty, NC. Our numbers were down due to some unanticipated travel, but we did connect with prospective new member Kathy Curtis. Our secretary reported on the $1250. donation acknowledgment from Durham VAMC Voluntary Services, and we discussed our next fundraiser that will…

Women’s Health Transition Training

VA health services for women leaving the military BY: Hans Petersen The number of women in the military has increased over the last few decades. As a result, the number of women Veterans also has increased. VA wants those women who are transitioning out of the military to know about the many specialized health care…

Bastogne Half Marathon

Originally posted on The Inspired Dr.Mom:
It wasn’t an organized event, just my own way of paying respects to the soldiers who died defending Bastogne. In traveling to France and Belgium, my husband and I made a special trip to the Ardennes region, seeing Bellau Wood on the way. My husband is a prior…

WMA 2020 – 2022 Nominations Open

Nominations for the WMA Board Do you have what it takes to serve on the National Board? Do you want to make a difference in your organization? Now is the time to step up and run for an elected position. As we look forward to the Biennial Convention and Professional Development Symposium this fall in…

The WMA Emergency Grant Program

WMA has established an Emergency Fund for Veterans who have short-term emergency financial needs, such as skills training, loss of support, severe illness, and catastrophic accidents. It is a one time per person grant, limited to no more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000). Application for the grant must be made by a detailed letter from…

Bettie Pruden Lerdall

Bettie Pruden Lerdall, 96, passed away peacefully in the care of Hospice of the Valley (AZ) on January 14, 2020. She was born on July 21, 1923 and raised in Alameda, CA. On her 20th birthday, she enlisted in the Marines and became a platoon sergeant and drill instructor at Camp Lejeune, NC. Known as…

United States Marine Corps Women Reserve Anniversary

On 13 February 2020, collectively we celebrate the 77th Anniversary of the establishment of the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (WR). On this day, the first woman to enlist in the WR was Lucille Ellen McClarren. Her active duty starting salary was $50 a month plus a $200 allowance for uniforms. She went to Hunter College…