Hometown Heroes: Not at Ease-Veterans Print Project

By Terry Kovarik | terry.kovarik@wearegreenbay.com

Published 03/14 2014 07:28PM

Updated 03/14 2014 07:35PM

GREEN BAY (WFRV) Women have long played key roles in the U.S. military. From the Women's Army Corp during World War Two...to women training for the United States Marine Corps infantry for service in combat zones.

"I deployed to Iraq in 2003 to 2004 and again in 2005 to 2006," said U.S. Army veteran and artist Yvette Pino.

Now twenty female military veterans are sharing their experiences of peace time and war time service through the exhibit "Not at Ease--A Veteran Print Project". Each veteran shared an oral account of their service and a print maker interpreted it visually. Some, like Tegan Griffith of Wittenberg, related pride in service to country while battling chauvinism in a combat zone, including an assault by a drunk male marine.

"My other unit I had a supportive environment. I had rules and regulations," Griffith said. :"However, when I deployed with this other unit it...was...like, for lack of a, term, animals! I...I...I had never been called so many derogatory things."

"Not at Ease" is another way of saying always at attention. The goal is to show a new perspective on common experiences all veterans share. For Desert Storm veteran Kris Zickhur the prints are similar to how her relationship with her step father, a Vietnam veteran, changed.

"Suddenly we had something to talk about. I think we really shared a bond. I could tell that he respected me that had changed. I changed in his eyes," Zickhur said.

Project founder Yvette Pino, and Tegan Griffith hope the exhibit will have a similar impact on everyone viewing the prints.

That's an incredible story! Where is this veteran?" And you introduce a woman veteran to them and they get taken a back. And they're like--"Oh! I had no idea."

"The women out in the hall are my mentors. I've learned so much from them and to kind if grab the bull by the horns, in the post military career and keep trucking on," Griffith said.

Local Five's Terry Kovarik has more.

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