Photo Gallery: 1st Stand Down, Long Beach, Calif.
(July 15, 2011)
- The Stand Down for Women begins with the pledge of allegiance, from left to right, slightly behind the podium is Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Steve Peck, CEO/President of US VETERANS INITIATIVE, Sara Manzano-Díaz, Women’s Bureau Director, and Miss Long Beach, Army Veteran Patty McKimmick, and her niece.
- CA Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal presents Women’s Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz and Steve Peck, CEO/President of US VETERANS INITIATIVE with recognitions from the California State Assembly for hosting California’s first Stand Down for Women Veterans. The event drew 350 participants, including 125 women veterans and their children, extended families and friends.
- A panel of women veterans from World War II to the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom wars shared their experiences during the morning session, from left to right, Ann Reeder, Deborah Weaver, Tara Wise, Sara Manzano-Díaz, Frankie DeGuzman and Leona B. Lance.
- Massage Therapists from ICDC College, Massage Therapy Department helped women veterans relax with five minute chair massages in one area, and full-body massages in a private tented area.
- With more than 95 different vendors and exhibitors, the women veterans had a variety of agencies and organizations at their disposal, including the Career Academy of Beauty, who provided hair cuts, facials and manicures to lift the women’s spirits and help them look their best.
- Women’s Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz and Regional Administrator Jenny Erwin take a moment with the female Color Guard, Los Angeles Battalion, Long Beach Company, Norwalk Recruiting Center, each of whom has served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pictured left to right, Staff Sergeant Janeth Sanchez, Sara Manzano-Díaz, Staff Sergeant Amanada Capalingo, Jenny Erwin and Staff Sergeant Monica Lopez.