OXFORD – Of the New York State Veterans’ Home in Oxford’s 242 residents, only 11 are women veterans. While their number may be small, the contributions made by these remarkable women during their years of service to our nation are not, according to the organizers of a tea held on Thursday in their honor.
“I feel that sometimes women don’t get their due,” said PJ Cobb, the Norwich resident who spearheaded planning of this, the third annual Lady Veterans Tea sponsored by the Vets’ Home’s Volunteer Guild.
For Cobb, who herself retired in 1987 after serving 21 years in the U.S. Navy, celebrating the lives and contributions of others who have served is a show of respect for those who wore the uniform before her.
“They are our fore-sisters, who set the standards in pride and dedication upon which we strive to build,” she told other area women veterans, in the promotional materials she circulated before the event.