“The four major wars in which American women served after World War II can be split into two pairs. Korea and Vietnam were conflicts fought in Asian countries divided by the politics of the Cold War. The Persian Gulf War and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq were fought in the Middle East and grew out of tensions over aggression in that region and, in the latter instance, the 9/11 attacks. For women, the first two wars signaled few advances in their roles in military service, but in the two recent wars, the areas of women’s participation expanded immensely, with potentially more dire consequences.”

The stories of all women veterans need to be collected and preserved for future generations. And this is especially true for the stories of women who experienced sexual assault while serving their country.

Veterans can submit their own stories using the materials available from the Veterans History Project. To learn how you can participate in The Veterans History Project, click here.