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Lincoln Veterans Affairs holds first holiday open house for women veterans

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

A special event was held Thursday for women veterans at the Lincoln Veterans Affairs center.

About 200 veterans came out for Nebraska's first holiday open house for women. There was live music, plenty to eat and a lot of holiday cheer.

The event was held in the VA center auditorium. Women veterans from across the state were there, from those who served in WWII to those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Seventy organizations statewide contributed to put on the event. The vets had a chance to share their experiences with one another while getting into the holiday spirit.

"There's a lot of threads that run through all veterans, but specifically women have a different role in society," Marlene Sorenson of the VA said. "Many of us when we come out of the military, we have young families to raise. Some of us after we retire have elder parents or taking care of children with disability, just like other women."

"We don't get things like this as women veterans very often," Sharon Robino-West, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said. "It was really nice to see the Lincoln women at the VA who put this together."

Organizers said the vets also had a chance to see what veterans affairs services are available to them. They said they hope to ultimately form a female veterans coalition in Nebraska so that the service of women vets does not go unnoticed.

Organizers said they plan to hold four events like this throughout the year.

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