Our Volunteer Story

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Written by Liz Larsen, Western Region Field Coordinator



The year is 1969 and the chaotic events of the 60’s seem destined to continue in the 70's. A growing disillusionment of government advances in civil rights, increased influence of the women's movement, and a heightened concern for the environment are major trends of this decade. Anti-war demonstrations are held across the United States. Americans are shocked with the discovery of the Watergate Scandal and watch the story unfold on television. In 1976, the Nation celebrates its 200th birthday and Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to set foot on the moon. Mark Spitz wins seven gold medals in the Summer Olympics, the same Olympics where 11 Israeli athletes are killed by Palestinian terrorists. Disco, M*A*S*H, and computers emerge on the scene. Sesame Street enters living rooms across the country, introducing children to a new way of learning. American culture flourishes and the events of the times are reflected in much of the music, literature, entertainment, and even fashion of the decade.

  • 1969 Military Wives Association begins and seven years later becomes the National Military Wives Association
  • 1971 Survivor Benefit Plan becomes law
  • U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration become part of Association
  • In 1976, Association holds first Issues Workshop to educate families on benefits
  • In 1979, Association President, Rosemary Locke testifies before the White House Conference on military families





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