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Top 10 ways to irritate and isolate women veterans

WASHINGTON -- As part of their ongoing effort to bridge the gap between female veterans and the rest of the military community, the nonprofit outreach group Women Veterans Connect recently posted its top ten ways to discourage women from joining veterans organizations (and how to fix those problems).

It’s a mix of common sense and righteous outrage, listing some issues that should have been dealt with years ago.

Among the highlights:

2) TELL A SEX JOKE DURING AN OFFICIAL MEETING -- “I personally believe I have a great sense of humor, but there’s a time and place for everything. The keyword here is to use ‘appropriate’ humor.”

8) MAKE SURE THE ONLY WOMEN IN YOUR PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS ARE SPOUSES -- “Women served, too. Don’t just tell us, show us.”

10) AFTER STATING MY MILITARY SERVICE, PLEASE REMIND ME THAT I AM MORE THAN WELCOME TO JOIN THE AUXILIARY -- “I am a woman. I served in the military. I am the veteran.”

The full list is available at the Women Veterans Connect website.

Officials there said that veterans advocacy groups provide a critical service, and the list is designed to highlight problems because “We want to be a part of that important work.”

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