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Janice Wilkinson, Martinsburg, WV:
Pesaresi, Vet, Lockport, NY:
I have enjoyed the parts I have read and am glad these woman have been given
a written record in history—by you! I like the idea that I can re-read some
parts, don’t have to start from beginning to end.
It was the first time I knew of your own history in the military. I liked
that you included the good and the bad, not just a sugar coating-but a truer,
more realistic (just like any profession) assessment.
Belshe, Marine Veteran, Olathe, KS:
Thanks so much. My family was really impressed, especially my
picture on the cover. I was surprised and delighted by the stories, especially
the similarities of all of us, whether we were WW II or present day in our
experiences. Women can always find release from their pressures by finding humor
in their experiences….Thanks for a great job & helping to bring
recognition to the many women who have contributed to our country’s armed
Highstreet, Navy Veteran, St Clair, MI:
The Book is great!….Well organized and well written….It’s
an attractive cover and a nice font.
Harriett Howard, Navy Reserve Veteran, Smyrna, TN:
You did justice to so many women veterans! Thank you!
Clay, Army Veteran, Ft Huachuca, AZ:
The book is wonderful and a blessing.! You are awesome!
(Corrice) Hoffmann, Army & Air Force Veteran,
Thanks for doing such a great job on my chapter in Women At
Risk and for doing such a good job overall. I just finished reading the entire
book and think it’s wonderful!….I thinks it’s great there is something for
young ladies to read if they’re interested in the military.
Minie, "Lady" Marine, Clarkesville, TN:
I enjoyed every chapter. Your book format is ideal….You
certainly have become acquainted with some special people.
Frances Liberty, Army Nurse Corps, WW II-Korea-Vietnam
Veteran, East Greenbush, NY:
I liked it very much. You certainly did a lot of research.
Keep up the good work.
Christina "Army Mom" Sharik, St Petersburg, FL:
Ain’t no bad thoughts to be found!!!! It’s well-written,
easy to understand for someone who was not in the military, and very special. My
Chapter was absolutely perfect....couldn’t have written it better myself.
Lilja, Army Nurse Corps, Vietnam Veteran, Seattle, WA:
The book is beautiful....I have enjoyed reading about the
others....I am hoping for the success of the book for you as you sure did put a
lot of effort and time into it.
WAC Veteran, Seattle, WA:
I am so thrilled to personally know the author, and many of
the women whose stories are told in this wonderful book, so of course I am
biased. But you just absolutely must get this book if you are interested in
history, women’s issues, or just plain heroines....and that is what each of
these women is. Please get it for your daughters if not for yourselves.
a supporter of Veterans, Vian, OK:
I’ve been reading Women At Risk quite a lot already and am just SO
VERY PROUD of the work you did on this one, lady! I’m tremendously enjoying
reading your book, Noonie ... and all you ladies who have yet to get your copy
or to start reading it have a real treat in store for you, I can guarantee you.
I’m skipping around through it; started out by chance with our own Willa’s
story and was SO amazed ~ heavens, so much we have to learn about each other
yet!... Then I resisted my first strong inclination to read the chapters on all
the ladies in the book I do know already and read a WWII lady’s story, then
one of a VN Era vet who served stateside. Then I went back to the first of the
book and read the intro material ~ glad I did that!
I understand what you explained about how you have to
"self-promote" a LOT and REAL FAST on this new book, WAR, and I’ll
be reading a lot more of it tomorrow night at Mum’s and will be able to
comment more fully after that. You’re doing a great job, and I agree with the
other lady’s words about WAR which you mentioned here, too ... how the
separate chapters read beautifully as whole pieces in themselves, yet when you
gather them all together, they make one helluva fine overall read! This was a
great way to get perspective on so many women who have served, from just one
book...and I do hope you’ll be able to do following volumes as you have
I love the photo illustrations, too, and find myself staring at them a long
time, touching them, imagining those lives so long ago (in most cases) lived
well in service to our country and countrymen and women. It is for ALL of us
that the ladies you have profiled served, after all, and I think your book is
one way to help everyone who reads it REMEMBER THAT!
Well done, so very well done, Noonie...
Hugs, and THANKS for all your hard work and dedication to this fine project!
Barbara Turner, Navy Veteran, Pensacola, FL:
I received your book....I am so excited!!! I also read
about you! Wow! You have had quite a life time already….You go girl!!
I am really
What a wonderful book
it is. I am learning all about the Army (mostly) and the different mind sets of
the various era's. Since I had such a great military life, it is hard for me to
understand sometimes how these women ended up like they did.
I have found a couple of women that I would like to get in
contact with. For one reason or another I have a "connection" with
them. The first is Brenda (Hudgens) Fritz. She is Chapter 58 in your book. She
lived in Garden City, Kansas for a couple of years when she was nine years old. I
was born in Garden City, Kansas.
The other is Veronica (Reilly) Hanlon; Chapter 59 in your
book. She lives in Pensacola and I'd love to contact her to see if she is
interested in joining our local WN Unit. We are an all sea service
organization...and since she was a Marine it would be wonderful to get her
in our Unit. We have three Marines in it right now. Well ex-Marines that is. Two
are from the Korean era and one is from the Vietnam era.
I read a Chapter at a time just about every day.
I enjoyed reading the book
and have compared it, in a way, with the Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul
book. Yours is much better, however, because the stories are longer and give
more background about the person whom you wrote about.
Benita Zahn, WNYT-TV, Channel 13, Albany, NY:
This is your best book yet! It's so well put
together and covers many eras.
WAF Veteran, Melbourne, FL:
I LOVE IT!!!!!! I love the cover and it is easy to
read and the pictures really give it special meaning. GOOD WORK
WAC Veteran, Vietnam War, Santee, CA:
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Doris "Dee" Chambers,
WAC Veteran, Apache Junction, AZ:
It’s not that I don’t appreciate you and the immense
effort you obviously put into your latest book. It’s just that I have been so
excited over receiving my copies and reading my very own. I truly enjoy the nice
manner in which you presented my story.
WAC Veteran, Akron, OH:
You did one great job of it and…my story within the
pages really surprised me. I am so pleased with it all truly and even my
children’s names were included.
Congratulations on the publishing of your new book that
tells many of our stories today and in our service life.
Terry Love, Army
Veteran, pilot--Vietnam War, Lakeville, MN:
I have already read a few chapters in your book. Great!
Very Interesting! I can not wait to get back to it.
Frasier, WAC Veteran, Albany, NY:
I wanted to tell you how much I like your book. This kind of book has been a
long time coming where we, the veterans, can tell our own story without it being
sanitized by the layer of commissions who are out to put a smiley face on
everything. I have really enjoyed reading the other stories and it has taken
some of the Vet-loneliness out that I have felt over the years. I wish that this
kind of book had been available when I was younger and first got out of the
service, as my adjustment may have been a little less traumatic. You did a great
job and I wish you much success with this special publication.
I really like this book a lot, not so much because I am in it, but because it
makes me feel connected to the others that I cannot otherwise access for one
reason or another. It’s like being in the locker room again!! It’s just a
very good and interesting book.
Army Veteran, Fort Worth, TX:
I got your book yesterday in the mail. I have just opened it up today. It
looks wonderful. I have just started to read the Forward and digging in to it
today. I took it with me to my counselor at the Vet Center. She wrote down the
name and stuff as she wants to get it for herself as well as the office. Thanks
again for sending it.
Messmore, WAC Veteran, Huntington Beach, CA:
Received mine yesterday—just so happened, my daughter was here—she only
partially read but said—"why wasn't this done a long time ago". Just
got started on it—so far so good—daughter said, and I quote—"why
didn't you send in the picture in uniform on the mantle.
My daughter hasn't had chance to read yet, grandson had to work—me—I
can't put it down—great hearing about other gals and what they did. You always
imagine that when you were in the service, everyone was doing the same as you.
Your next book should let people know about the REAL hardships the gals
(especially "we uns" who got put into the jungles, etc.) endured—things
that people would never in the world believe the gals could do). They all put up
with some things that surprised everyone—to be continued…
Julia Sexton, teacher, Dallas, TX:
My book was in my mail box when I arrived home from school today. I had to
walk all the way from the mail box room to our apartment clutching it tightly in
my hands. The distance is about 50 yards, but it seemed like a long way! Your
book is beautiful. I've already scanned the index, the Appendices, the Foreward,
Diane Carlson Evans' words, and the chapter on Karen. Thanks for the wonderful
inscription in my book. I have started back at the beginning and will be reading
most of the night.
Also, thanks for the section on Students. I think that is the greatest idea.
I plan to use many of those ideas with my English class.
Thanks again for all your hard work, your beautiful book, and your friendship
(the most valuable of all).
WAVE Veteran, Orfordville, WI:
The book arrived Saturday and I am already half way through it—even with
Easter church and dinner preparations. They are most interesting stories, but
even more interesting is my reaction to some of them—"oh boy, I can
relate to that"; "that reminds me of the time........";
"maybe I should have been telling more of my experiences", etc., etc.
Anyway, thanks for writing it and for providing us the means to get it early.
I will be giving it to the Library with your letter as soon as I finish.
Glessner, Vietnam Veteran, Independence, MO:
It looks to me like you have another winner on your hands!! (I picked it up
and read a couple of Chapters this mourning before work). Now that we seem to
have a run on National Pride again in this country are you going to do any book
Krolick, WAVE Veteran, New Berlin, WI:
I received my book today (Fri. 3/29)… in excellent condition and the cover
is spectacular. Very patriotic, a good choice…and begin paging through, once I
started reading I could not put it down. What a wonderful book!!! You are to be
commended for getting it all together….Thank you for your hard work in
publishing this for all the women who served our country.
I have enjoyed reading about the adventures and hardships of some of these
gals. I guess I was lucky as I lived in private homes as the Navy had no housing
for us WAVES. I was one of the first ten WAVES sent to IBM School in Endicott NY
and afterwards sent to Cleveland to work in Mustering Out Pay Division. We lived
in the Allerton Hotel, had maid service and often ate in the ballroom via
candlelight. Can't beat that for good duty!!!
Spoke to one of my ex-WAVE friends today, she also has your book. We both
agreed on how well it was written and the attractive cover. It's unfortunate
that the POW-MIA Flag was not there, they too need recognition.
I've talked about your book to a number of friends, vets and non-vets. I hope
the publicity campaign goes well for you, it certainly is a wonderful
Margaret Salm, WAC Veteran, Nashville, TN:
THE BOOK arrived yesterday and I had to sit down and start reading it. I am
really impressed with it. Like being on the cover. I know I am excited about it
myself and what I have read so far is great. Funny, I think there was one other
woman who thought as I did-would not join again since things have changed so.
As to the fall show of the TN Military Collectors Association. My friend
Vickie and I have already put things into motion, putting forth our ideas to the
man in charge, Bill Price. He thinks it is great. We, Vickie and I, are planning
to make this a big event for women and having you there is the draw. We hope
that you can have some of your books there to sell, especially the latest one.
The date is 29 and 30 of November. We used to have the shows in the National
Guard Armory but Sept. 11 pushed us out of there and we went to the Marriott
Hotel in Franklin, TN, just a few miles down the road from Nashville.
Pat Jernigan, WAC Veteran, Fairfax Station, VA:
Thanks for writing it and for letting me know about it!…well
written, well done book. I like the variety of women you've contacted,
especially like the mix of WW-2, Korea, and others. I was pleased to see a few
friends' stories. And sorry that not everyone contributed a photo.
You let the women tell their stories -- you haven't put
them into some sort of blender; you're not preaching.
Bernice Mitchell, Army Nurse
Corps, Vietnam Veteran, Garner, NC:
I was excited to receive my books today. So glad I had ordered more than one
because my friend and roomie Gabriel has not put his copy down yet.
The cover came out great and I am really enjoying reading the stories of all
the women in addition to re-reading my own. Thanks so much for writing about our
stories and experiences. We have been neglected for so long. So many of us have
so much in common.
Steven Manchester, Army Veteran, Gulf War, author of The Unexpected
Storm: The Gulf War Legacy, Westport, MA:
In Women At Risk: We Also Served, Noonie Fortin captures the prideful
essence of more than 65 unique women who chose very similar paths. Motivated by
their sense of honor and duty, women such as Marie
Balandis, Laura Dunlop, Bernice Whiteside, Pam Waterson, and Sharon Cummings
endure the same hardships and sacrifice as any serviceman, while helping to pay
the hefty price of freedom. At times and places where females in uniform were
less than accepted, they were still committed to do their part…and then some.
In the end, as perhaps a genderless lesson, each woman gained just as much from
her military service as she had given…pride, discipline and a bond that
transcends all stereotypes and cultural barriers.
Women At Risk: We Also Served epitomizes national patriotism. Noonie
Fortin should be saluted for gracefully depicting the compelling views and
heart-felt stories of these true Americans. I recommend this book to anyone who
has ever served a purpose higher than themselves…or wished they had.
Danny "Greasy" Belcher, Army Veteran, Vietnam War, President Rolling Thunder KY
Chapter 3, Preston, KY:
This is a wonderful book detailing the heroic actions of the women in the
military. Without women like those in this book we men could not do our job. As
a former combat infantry sergeant I am indebted to the women who did a great job
in the most trying times. When you women that served in the military look in
that mirror be proud and be sure to smile because you are looking at a hero.
Leon Fletcher, Navy Reserve Veteran, author of How to Speak Like a Pro
and 16 other published books, AOL mentor & columnist for writers, Ben Lomond,
There is no risk in reading Women At Risk: We Also Served, Noonie
Fortin's newest book. She is a skilled writer and she has selected a truly
intriguing topic—facts about a wide variety of women who have served our
nation. Through personal interviews, correspondence, and research, Fortin has
collected information that needs to be recorded for this and future generations,
and she has written it in a direct, specific, interesting style that's packed
with specifics and is highly readable.
Dr. Carl Bartecchi, Army Veteran, Vietnam War, author of Soc Trang: A
Vietnamese Odyssey, Pueblo, CO:
This is a wonderful collection of experiences of women who served. We hear so
little about these brave women who served our country so well—especially those
who served prior to the Vietnam conflict. Thanks for bringing these accounts to
Carla Wetzel, Freedom Fest Chairman, Skidmore, MO:
I have just had the pleasure of reading Women At Risk: We Also Served.
I could not put it down! It was so interesting. I really enjoyed the different
perspectives from different military conflicts to different walks of life. Each
story was unique in it’s own way.
I have always admired women who have served our country, but this just made
it more so. Their stories are all so incredible. The things they went through
not only being in a military action, but being a woman in that situation. Noonie
Fortin did a wonderful job sharing their stories. Thank you for bringing the
stories out, so everyone can enjoy them.
Reading their stories made me even prouder of the service these women have
given to our country.
George Massey, Army Veteran, Vietnam War, author of GI Guvmint Issue,
Women at Risk: We Also Served is a compilation of stories of our women
comrades-in-arms that has been too long in the telling. In their own straight
forward words, these women reveal their experiences which are no less important
or interesting than those of their male counterparts. Women at Risk: We Also
Served is not only stories that should be told but is a book that should be
Laurel Schunk, author of several mystery books, Wichita, KS:
Women At Risk: We Also Served, by Noonie Fortin, is a thrilling
compilation of the stories of different women who have served in the United
States armed forces. These stories of human courage and dedication can open our
eyes to the experiences others have had in war, or help others who have served
to view these experiences with others’ eyes. Everyone knows that being in war
is difficult, but being a woman in war and having to fight gender bias is even
I recommend this book to anyone interested in the military or in the human
condition in general, and how we live up to daunting challenges.
a supporter of Veterans,
What an INCREDIBLE book! You seem to have captured what has been missing from
many of the stories of the Veterans--the women. It is very refreshing to read
about the women who served either in the military or as a civilian. Thank you
Noonie for bringing these women's stories to life.
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