This year we commemorated the life of the oldest female WWII Veteran, Corporal Alyce Dixon. Affectionately known as “Queen Bee” by those who knew her and cared for her at the Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center (VAMC), Dixon had an impressive story and an incredible personality. After joining the military in 1943, she was stationed in both England and France with the postal services. Dixon was among the first African-American women in the Army as part of the “Six Triple Eight” (6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion) – the only unit of African-American women in the Women’s Army Corps to serve overseas during WWII.

Alyce reminds us of the incredible service that female Veterans provide each year. And the number of females using VA health services has risen 80% from 2003 and 2012. An increase in female Veterans calls for an increase in female professionals at VA. So consider joining VA to take part in the same opportunity Alyce Dixon had: to serve beyond your days in uniform.

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Published on Dec. 22, 2016

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