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Letter: Women also serve in the armed forces

U.S. Coast Guard swabs, center, are guided by

U.S. Coast Guard swabs, center, are guided by Coast Guard cadets, left and right, as they recite phrases from the cadet handbook before swearing-in ceremonies, Monday, June 27, 2016, at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in New London, Conn. Forty years after military service academies opened their doors to women, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is marking the milestone Monday at its annual reporting-in day, when it welcomes a class with a record 38 percent female cadets. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Credit: AP

I went to a store that offered a 10 percent discount for all veterans every day [“Veterans Day shows trigger memories,” News, Nov. 13]. Having served five years in the Air Force, I whipped out my veterans card to show the young cashier. She said, “Thank you for your husband’s service.” I told her that my husband is not a veteran. She just stared at me with a blank look.

Finally I said, “He is not the veteran, I’m the veteran.”

I’m not offended; however, I’m in disbelief that there is still a misconception that only men serve their country.

Janice Kennedy, Sayville


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