Veterans Day Blog from Major Kate Guttormsen, Lioness, USA

Every year, some people pause on Veterans Day to thank those who have so bravely served our nation...and for that I am grateful - Thank You!

The sacrifice that Soldiers and their family members make is often overlooked. Today in the United States there is a gap between our military and the American people. The explanation is simple; we have a volunteer force in which only a tiny segment of the population serves. Those who aren't touched by current conflicts don't care.
So - Kudos to the Lioness filmmakers who have documented a tiny portion of this history that our forces are currently making. We need people like this to spread the word about the tremendous exhaustive efforts our service members are giving day in and day out.

When the filmmakers came to me four years ago asking to interview me about our Lioness missions I felt it was a great opportunity to tell our story. I am even more certain of that now. More than anything else, the release of this film has increased the public's awareness of women's evolving role in combat. I am honored to be a part of such a great film. The film doesn't attempt to persuade; it just informs. It informs accurately and thoroughly - provoking thought in most viewers. Regardless of personal philosophies on what women should or should not be doing for our Armed Services, everyone should be aware of the capacity in which many currently serve. Again, thanks to Meg and Daria for documenting such a tiny but significant piece of our history.

My tour in Iraq was one of the most momentous years of my life. I'll never again have that much responsibility. To all the Lioness women, I think of all you frequently - you shouldered much and I am humbled by your contributions. Thanks for all you did in Iraq to make our unit successful!

Maj. Katherine P. Guttormsen, student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Belvoir, Virginia

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

Each year I manage to see a couple [of films] that I can’t get out of my head. This year one of the films was Lioness.

- Melissa Silverstein, WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD

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