Women Veterans Conference: “Sexual Harassment Still Happening … Needs More Attention”

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Guam –  Maj. Esther Aguigui, GUARNG Element Commander, told a group of nearly 60 women veterans today that sexual harassment is still happening in the military, and that more attention needs to be focused on this issue and on medical issues facing women veterans.

Hers was just one of several poignant comments made today by the nearly 60 women veterans who attended the 8th Annual Women Veterans Conference at the Sheraton Laguna Resort Guam. Discussions centered on career opportunities, VA concerns, benefits, and how to assimilate back into civilian society after retirement or deployment. Nearly one third of the attendees arrived back home in January after tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Presenters included Dr. Mary Okada, GCC President and Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce Board member, and Victor Rodgers, GCC Asst. Director of Continuing Education & Workforce Development. Dr. Okada spoke to the women about job trends through 2020, and educational opportunities available to women veterans.

Guest speaker and Guam native Tricia Alawit, who now works as a writer/actor in New York City, served several tours as a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserves. She talked to the women vets about taking charge of their lives.

[Sgt. April Schacher, Operations NCO, Aviation Det., GUARNG, listens along with other attendees as Maj. Esther Aguigui, GUARNG Element Commander, comments about women veterans being strong as they face challenges, during today’s 8th Annual Women Veterans Conference at the Sheraton Laguna Resort Guam.]