American Women Veterans Make Waves for Female Soldiers

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The American Women Veterans group is walking in the first female-veteran section of the New York City Veterans Day parade, and philanthropic business Products for Good is honoring them, and all women in uniform, with a monetary donation to help expand their efforts and military-themed gifts as a symbol of their service.

For almost a century, the contributions of women in support and defense of our country have been overlooked

Last year, a small but strong contingent of female veterans held handmade banners and matching scarves at the very end of the New York City Veterans Day Parade. This year, the group has grown to fill its own section in the parade, and philanthropic business Products for Good is honoring the occasion by presenting a $2,500 donation to the group, American Women Veterans, to help them bring female Vietnam War and World War II veterans to the parade in 2011.

“For almost a century, the contributions of women in support and defense of our country have been overlooked,” said Genevieve Chase, founder and executive director of American Women Veterans.

At last year’s parade, a wave of applause met the women marchers, and a Vietnam War veteran jumped through the barriers to join them, exclaiming that “finally” women veterans were getting the honor and gratitude that they deserve.

“It’s for these reasons and so many others that American Women Veterans is attracting so much attention from organizations like Products for Good,” Chase said. “We hope to continue to reach businesses and organizations who have an interest in supporting the women who, voluntarily and often without acknowledgement or recognition, serve in defense of our nation. We’re honored that they have found American Women Veterans worthy of their support.”

Products for Good makes commemorative items honoring our men and women in service using liberated Iraqi coins that were rescued from Basra. The company gives 20 percent of every sale to a charity that supports military families. Founder Lane Ostrow said offering a small token of gratitude is the least he could do for Chase and the American Women Veterans.

"We are proud to show our gratitude for (Chase) and the American Women Veterans,” said Products for Good founder Lane Ostrow, who also honored Chase with a special gift from Products for Good. “We believe that women are often the unsung heroes and we at Products for Good are thrilled to be able to support them – their inclusion in the parade symbolizes the pride, honor and gratitude we have for these inspiring women.”

To learn more about organizations like American Women Veterans, which Products for Good supports, and to learn how you can help, visit http://www.ProductsforGood.com.

About Products for Good
Charlotte, N.C.-based Products for Good is a philanthropic business that sells commemorative gifts, using liberated Iraqi coins that represent freedom and the sacrifices made to preserve it, to honor men and women in uniform. Products for Good donates 20 percent of each purchase, before any other business expenses are paid, to charities that support those who have served our country and their families. And in keeping with its mission to make every gift help as many as possible, each shadowbox is assembled at Cleveland Vocational Industries (CVI), a facility that provides work opportunities for mentally and physically challenged individuals. For more information, visit http://www.ProductsforGood.com.

About American Women Veterans
American Women Veterans is the nation’s pre-eminent, nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of servicewomen, veterans and their families. It welcomes veterans and supporters from all eras and branches of service. For more information, visit http://americanwomenveterans.org/.

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