Veteran Students to Discuss Challenges, Stereotypes and Honor of Women in Military Service

Students at Manhattan College who served in the military will host a panel discussion on March 29.

women who servedOn Wednesday, March 29 at noon, a panel of veteran students at Manhattan College will discuss their unique military experiences and share how they overcame challenges, shattered stereotypes and served honorably in their respective branches. The event takes place in room 100 of the O'Malley Library on campus.

Manhattan College students Jahalisha Puckett, U.S. Air Force, Kirsten Battocchio, U.S. Marine Corps, Sherry Swartwout, U.S. Navy, Jane Pierre, U.S. Marine Corps, and Constance Bacon, U.S. Army, will serve on the panel. As of 2015, 14.6% of active military members are women, according to the Department of Defense. The panel will share their thoughts on being a woman in the military, their leadership roles, and life after active service.

Manhattan College participates in the Veteran's Affairs Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program to assist with funding tuition expenses for military veterans, and actively supports the VALOR (Veterans Academic Learning Opportunities Realized) club on campus, which supports veterans returning to civilian and academic life, and coordinates regular programs and events such as the March 29th panel discussion.

The event is presented by the Religious Studies department, Sociology department and Women and Gender Studies program. For more information, please contact Roksana Badruddoja, Ph.D., at or (718) 862-7406.

By Pete McHugh