“I served in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer from 2000-2006 onboard the USS JARRETT (FFG-33) and USS DENVER (LPD-9). We deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On both ships, I was one of a handful of women. The bond with fellow women sailors definitely helped me get through long days at sea and long bridge watches.
Following active duty service, I really wanted to continue to serve the community. Making the transition wasn’t easy, but I found my calling in serving veterans like me in the state of Illinois. I joined the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in Chicago, where I am currently the Director of the Veterans Program. As a woman veteran, I have the opportunity to not only advocate and help fellow veterans but also to ensure that women veterans are not overlooked. By helping veteran causes, I am able to continue making an impact in a community which has had such a great impact on me.”
We honor you, Megan Everett.