November is National Month of Veterans and Military Families: a time when we thank those who defended our nation and the families who believed in them and stood by them throughout their service.
This appreciation was a central theme on November 19, as members of the Disney SALUTE veterans affinity group teamed up with the Disney Women’s Inclusion Network team to host a special evening to honor and greet those who have served in the ESPN Wide World of Sports AdventHealth Arena. complex located at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The keynote speaker at the event was retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho, a 33-year military veteran who served as a 43-year-old.rd U.S. Army General Surgeon and Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command. She made history by being the first woman, first nurse and not a doctor to hold these positions. He is currently CEO of OptumServe, the federal health services business of Optum and UnitedHealth Group, which sponsored the event.
During his statements to Disney cast members and representatives of veteran service organizations, Lieutenant General Horoho spoke about the importance of service to the nation and the community. He recalled how his father, a military veteran, got up a little higher when people saw his veteran’s cap and thanked him for his service. This made her think of the women who had served and the need for a distinctively feminine way of identifying a veteran.
Working with a notable jewelry designer from Washington DC, General Horoho created the “Fermel of the Brave Women,” a brooch in which the colors of the petals don’t forget me combine the colors of the U.S. Army and other subtle design elements highlight the service of the wearer.
During a special moment in the program, each attending veteran woman was identified by her name and branch of service. Then, at the end of the program, the attending veteran women received a Brave of Valuable Women: and a lapel pin to all the attending guests to be given to a veteran or service member. It was an emotional conclusion, and sometimes full of tears, of an evening full of camaraderie, storytelling and recognition of service to our nation and our communities.
As a veteran, I am so grateful to have been part of such an emotional event that really made me cry, ”said Lauren Mulvey, security operations manager at Walt Disney World Resort and a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. . ”It was an honor to be a part of the tribute to the women who have served and are in the service of our great nation and to receive this brooch. I will forever love this beautiful symbol of femininity and courage and I will always wear it with pride! “