NORTH LITTLE ROCK Ark.; (KTHV)--More than a hundred women came out to the summit at Pulaski Technical College to find out what benefits are waiting on them. Many women who served could be receiving health care, free education and more.
"I retired from the military in 2008 when I came back from Afghanistan, at first I didn't think I needed any of the benefits but now I'm getting to the point where I think I need to see what is out there for me as a veteran." Finding benefits is just what Sgt. Melonaie Gullick is doing. Gullick served in the military as a senior chief pay officer. She and many other women veterans came out to Pulaski technical college to the women's veterans' summit.
Coordinator, Gina Chandler says many women don't realize they are veterans, even if they didn't fight in combat. "We tend to ask women if they served once they answer yes we let them know that benefits from the VA are underutilized." Sgt. Gullick served in the navy for 27 years and it opened her up to see things she never thought possible.
"I got to travel a lot, that's one thing about the navy, I've been on every coast of the United States and I've been to 12 foreign countries."She joined the navy in 1981 and says things women's' role in the military has dramatically changed. "Comparing when I went in the military in the 80s it's different, but I firmly believe a woman can do anything a guy can do." And with that attitude, Gullick fought in the Gulf war. "When I got mobilized, there was no question, you go and you serve and you do your job and I kind of had fun."
Gullick says being in the Navy was one of the highlights of her life and now she's out here checking out some of her options garnered from her years of service. "One thing I'm looking at is the medical benefits, specifically geared toward women, there's also information on starting your own business or if you want to go back to school and become a teacher, or just go to college so there are a lot of opportunities."
Coordinators for the event say there are more than 20 thousand women veterans in the state, and want all of them to find out the benefits they could be receiving. If you served click here or call 1-501-370-3820 to see if you could receive any benefits.