“In a Heartbeat”. In her debut book, Hughes features 113 women Veterans serving in all of the U.S. military branches from WWII to present, weaving a memorable story through moving photos and quotes.
“We must do more to increase awareness of our women Veterans’ place in history,” said Hughes, inspired to write this book by her mother’s invisible WWII service. “Women, since the beginning of their military service, volunteered to serve on the land, at sea, and in the air. They served in dangerous places, came home wounded and died in defense of the truths we knew at the time of their service. This book is my effort to place women Veterans’ service front and center.”
Hughes recognizes the sacrifices of women serving in various roles, including across the Pacific, European, and North African theaters during WWII, helicopter pilots serving on the front lines today, and immigrants who chose military service as a means to say thank you to the United States.
Hughes, a long-time advocate of women’s issues, particularly our national population of women Veterans, has spent many years passionately fighting for increased healthcare access for women. She has focused on helping under-served populations in a family clinic, on a Congressional Task Force, on a federal committee – DACOWITS (Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services) on California boards, and worked as a senior staffer for California Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez to raise awareness of pressing issues affecting women; and started her own business to specifically help women Veterans.
“Therese brings much needed attention to our women Veterans and their sacrifices and service to our nation over the years,” said Chris Schafer, CEO at Tactical 16. “She tells a story of so many who have given their all through a beautiful series of photos and meaningful quotes that will leave readers with a real sense of how important our women servicemembers are to our country and our military.”
Hughes, married with two children, has won several awards for her work, including the Patriotic Service award from the Conejo Valley Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars.
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