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Next in our #WomenVetsTaskForce series celebrating Latina and Hispanic American women veterans during #HispanicHeritageMonth, we recognize Tech4 Carmen Contreras-Bozak, a veteran of World War II and the first Hispanic American woman to serve overseas.

 

Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Contreras-Bozak joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). The unit was later named the Women's Army Corps (WAC).

 

At that time, the Army was in need of bilingual women to work in cryptology, communications, and interpretation. Because of her ability to speak five languages (Spanish, English Portuguese, Italian, and French), she was appointed to the 149th Company and served as an interpreter.

 

She was assigned to the Army Signal Corps, where she oversaw the sending and receiving of coded messages between General Dwight Eisenhower in Algiers and the battlefield in Tunisia. Contreras-Bozak proudly served our country for four years, including 18 months overseas.

 

Following her military service, Contreras-Bozak was an active advocate for our nation’s #womenvets. In 1989, she established the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of WAC Vets and served as the organization’s first president. She also founded a chapter of the Society of Military Widows.

 

Next in our #WomenVetsTaskForce series celebrating Latina and Hispanic American women veterans during #HispanicHeritageMonth, we are highlighting the significant contributions of Captain Linda Garcia Cubero.

 

Influenced by her father’s notable service in the United States Air Force, Captain Cubero attended the United States Air Force Academy in 1976. She was among the charter class of 157 women that entered the Air Force Academy that year.

 

In 1980, Cubero made history when she became the first Hispanic woman to graduate from any service academy. She earned her degree in Political Science and her free-fall parachute wings.

 

After graduating, Captain Cubero served for seven years in @usairforce as a command briefer and worked on national-level task forces at the Pentagon. For her work with the intelligence task force on the Falkland Islands conflict, she earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

 

Captain Cubero continues to mentor Hispanic and Latino American Air Force cadets. She also remains steadfast in her commitment to community service. For her outstanding contributions to her community, she was awarded the 1991 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Pioneer Award.

 

We salute and honor Captain Linda Garcia Cubero for her remarkable service and leadership! #HispanicHeritageMonth

 

During #HispanicHeritageMonth, the #WomenVetsTaskForce is celebrating the historic contributions of Latina and Hispanic American #womenvets.

 

This week, we are highlighting Captain Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, one of the first women to fly combat missions for the @usairforce and the first Latina recipient of the Air Medal.

 

During her career, Captain Tiscareño-Sato flew for thousands of hours and taught as an instructor. She spent almost 10 years in active duty, where she was a navigator and instructor. During her service, Captain Tiscareño-Sato also earned her Master’s in International Management.

My time on the Hill has come to a close (for now). I am profoundly grateful I had this opportunity to serve the American people, particularly our nation’s 2 million #womenveterans. I had amazing bosses in Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA-41) and Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA-26) on @VetAffairsDems & #WomenVetsTaskForce.

 

A big thank you to Andrea for her tireless advocacy and work on the #WomenVetsTaskForce. Her work on the Deborah Sampson Act helped us deliver the most comprehensive bill for women veterans in over a decade! We'll miss her and can't wait to see what she'll accomplish next.

 

This #Pride Month, the #WomenVetsTaskForce is highlighting the achievements of groundbreaking LGBTQ #womenvets. This week we recognize Seaman Sazha Ramos, a queer Filipino American woman veteran who helps others in their journey to recovery from substance use disorders.