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Women Veterans to be Honored by CalVet

​News Release

Contact: Cindy Garcia

Phone: 916-653-1402

September 9, 2019

CalVet 19-024

Sacramento – Three women veterans will be honored Tuesday, October 15 at California State University, Sacramento during the 2019 Women Veterans Reception from 5:30-8 p.m.

The veterans will be recognized for their leadership and noteworthy impact on their communities with the annual California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Trailblazer Award. The 2019 Awardees are Elizabeth L. Hillman of Oakland, Frances Palu of Sacramento, and Martine Wilson of Sacramento.

“Without the military benefits, I definitely would not be in the position I’m in now – working in higher education and being a catalyst, an advocate, a leader, for the Asian Pacific Islander and veteran communities,” said Palu, a U.S. Navy veteran.

Hillman, a U.S. Air Force veteran, added, “I'm honored to join this celebration of all women veterans, each of whom deserves our respect and gratitude."

These extraordinary California women serve as examples of what veterans are capable of achieving beyond military service. “We are proud to recognize three incredible women who, through their leadership and example, are making an impact in higher education that will benefit the women they serve, teach, and mentor for generations to come,” said Lindsey Sin, CalVet Deputy Secretary, Women Veterans Affairs.
In partnership with the Sacramento State Veteran’s Success Center, CalVet will host the reception, “Empowering Women Veterans: Achieving Equality Through Education.”

The reception is free and is open to the public; it will include light appetizers and refreshments. Pre-registration for the reception is required. Please register for the event at or call 916-653-1402.


Press Release

Women Veterans to be Honored by CalVet