As part of the GCWJ’s annual Women in Leadership series, Sin spoke about the challenges she faced as a woman in the military and the changes that are needed to help better support military women who return from service. She spoke about the average age for a returning woman veteran compared to a male veteran and how the differences affect the transition back into civilian life, GCWJ Coordinator Alexis Miller said.
As a woman veteran, Sin understands the challenges that women veterans face today. From 1997 to 2005, Sin served in the U.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive. She deployed in support of Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class.
In 2011, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Sin as the Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans Affairs at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. “Now that she is in a key leadership position for women veterans in the state of California, her role is to advocated and support women who served,” Miller said.
At the end of the gathering, there was a question and answer time. Along with questions on statistics and the new bill allowing women to serve in more direct combat roles, there was some discussion about ways for students to get involved and support women veterans in the Vanguard community, Miller said. Students can volunteer for Women Veterans Network events, get involved with the veterans club on campus and spend time doing outreach with the Veterans Resource Center, she added.
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