Women Veteran’s “I SERVE” / “I SERVED” Campaign

Calling all women in the military and female veterans!

Join Lean in Military Women, Lean in Women Veterans and Think Broader Foundation for our first annual “I SERVE/SERVED” 

Veteran’s Day 2016 Campaign.

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WHY?

We want to promote the diversity and celebrate the accomplishments of women who serve or have served!  Over 15% of the active force and 9% of the U.S. veteran population, or  2.2 million women, are veterans in the United States. Women are the largest growing sub-population of veterans today. While our visibility is growing, we would like to help bridge the civilian-military divide by continuing to build awareness of these amazing women in our local communities.

WHAT?

We’re inviting you to record a simple 15 second video, saying you served, or are still serving to help change the stereotypical (male) “face” of American veterans.

We are working with an informal coalition of over 20 women’s and veterans organizations to amplify your voices and profiles. Thank you for sharing our passion for women’s equality!

HOW?

We’ll all use the same script. This is for ease of use, and to keep a common theme, generating greater visibility.

“I’m (name), I served in the [USAF/Navy/Army/USMC/USCG].  This is what a veteran looks like.” (Pause) “I SERVED/SERVE”  

Please say the “I serve/d” slowly as we will be clipping this quote from each of you and adding to a 3 min PSA.

See example here.

SUBMIT   

When your video is complete, just email it to IServedWomenVets@gmail.com and we’ll take it from there!

We are editing/consolidating these into one 3 minute PSA to be distributed nationally on Veteran’s Day 2016.

We will also post a daily featured individual video on Twitter and Instagram (@LeanInMilitary, @LeanInWomenVets @Think_Broader). Please repost, share and comment.

DEADLINE: OCT 30, 2016.

GO VIRAL

To reach the widest audience, please help by reposting using some the following hashtags and handles:

#IServed or #IServe  #WomenVeterans

#ThinkBroader #LeanInWomenVeterans

@LeanInMilitary, @LeanInWomenVets

@USMC,  @USArmy, @USAirForce,  @USNavy, @USCG, @think_broader

TIPS TO GET STARTED

  1. Equipment: All you need is a phone that takes video and a tripod for a stable shot.
  2. Keep it Brief: 15 seconds or less.
  3. Rehearse: Rehearse a few times, to get comfortable with the process.
  4. Set the Tone: Be proud! Be confident! Be you.
  5. Consider location: We’re looking for a large cross section of our society. Film yourself in the gym, at your desk, in the aisle of the grocery store, at your children’s school, going through airborne school, at NASA, or the local coffee shop. Diversity!
  6. Eye Contact and Gestures: Think of the camera as the conduit to your audience. Look directly into the lens as if you are connecting with the audience.
  7. Be Grounded in your Strength: Before you begin, think of your authentic strength and where you draw your power from.  Hold yourself high!  Your body will respond by displaying a high level of confidence as you begin your video.
  8. There’s no “Right Way”: Your video is an individual expression of you. Remember that there is no “right way” to make a video. Each one will be as beautifully unique as you are, and that’s our goal!

 

Invited and participating organizations:

Lean In Military

Lean In Women Veterans

Think Broader Foundation

DACOWITS members

Final Salute Inc.

Fly Girls

WASPs

WIMSA

We are the Mighty

American Women Veterans

Got Your 6

TRWB

Mission Continues

Rubicon

IAVA

SWAN

USMA

Academy Women

ROTC programs

End Gender Bias in the Military

Travis Manion Foundation

Vet 2 Vet / Facebook

Beauties and Boots / Facebook

SERVICE: Women Who Serve / FB

Rally Point

Women In Defense

America’s Warrior Partnership

Center for Women Veterans

Ms. Veteran America

Military and Veteran Caregiver Network

Vet Tech Trek

Knights Out

Outserve

Army Women’s Facebook Mentoring Page

We are the Mighty

Vets in Film

GI Film Festival

Creativets

NYC Veterans Alliance

NASA Women Veterans

ALEX QUADE FILMS

Women’s Veteran Alliance

DAV

Bob Woodruff Foundation

Jewish War Veterans

VFW

Women Veterans of America

Army Women’s Foundation

Women in Congress (4)

 

Whom have we missed? Please share with others who support the sisterhood of arms.

 

*Note: Submission of a video or picture equates to consent for us to use your image for this campaign.

**DoD does not allow service members to wear uniforms while participating in this video campaign.

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25 thoughts on “Women Veteran’s “I SERVE” / “I SERVED” Campaign

  1. I am still in contact with a gal I was in boot camp with in San Antonio -Flight 312. We are in our eighties now – I often wonder what happened to everyone. I lost contact with Peggy Simpson after we married and left the service. She was from Lancaster, Penn. We were stationed in Baltimore, Md with ARDC. It was one of the best things I ever did. Jeanine St.Jacques Peterson

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  2. I served desert shield/storm. Was there almost s year. I left a 6 week old daughter behind. Got back she was one. It was a hard time.

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  3. Make sure you reach out to VFWs also! I am a member and my District Commander sen6t me the info, but I don’t see the organization listed above.

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    1. Thank you, Olivia! We have sent this invite to the following orgs and welcome your assistance in asking them to promote as well!

      Lean In Military
      Lean In Women Veterans
      Think Broader Foundation
      Lean In
      Facebook
      Fly Girls
      WASPs
      WIMSA
      We are the Mighty
      American Women Veterans
      Got Your 6
      TRWB
      Mission Continues
      Rubicon
      IAVA
      SWAN
      USMA
      Academy Women
      ROTC programs
      End Gender Bias in the Military
      Travis Manion Foundation
      Vet 2 Vet / Facebook
      Beauties and Boots / Facebook
      SERVICE: Women Who Serve / FB
      Rally Point
      Women In Defense
      America’s Warrior Partnership
      Center for Women Veterans
      Ms. Veteran America
      Military and Veteran Caregiver Network
      Vet Tech Trek
      Knights Out
      Outserve
      Army Women’s Facebook Mentoring Page
      We are the Mighty
      Vets in Film
      GI Film Festival
      Creativets
      NYC Veterans Alliance
      NASA Women Veterans
      ALEX QUADE FILMS
      Women’s Veteran Alliance
      DAV
      Bob Woodruff Foundation
      Women in Congress (4)

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  4. I served and so did my mom. She is in the American Legion and I didn’t see them on your list. I would suggest you send this to that organization as well.

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    1. Thank you, Christine! Would you and your mother send us short videos for this curated PSA? We would be grateful! We have invited the Legion and are waiting for a response. If you know someone there, please put us in touch? Thank you kindly and send your video soon! Grateful for your service!

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  5. Would love to have Women Veterans of America added to this list. We are Nationally recognized organization of Women Veterans.
    http://wvanational.tripod.com/WVANational

    I am the National Commander and I am posting on our website and FB page to get women veterans in action.

    Thank you for doing this and please let us know how we can be of assistance in the future
    Yolonda Williams
    U.S. Army Retired
    National Commander – Women Veterans of America

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    1. Hi Yolanda, thanks so much for your leadership and your support! We did add the Women Veterans of America to the list and are grateful for your willingness to send us your video 🙂 and ask others to do the same. The deadline has been extended to Oct 30th. Get to it! Gratefully yours, Erika and Paula

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