A Texas First

Young Americans Overseas is building Texas's first Women Veteran and Women First Responder Park. Inside the park will grow a Victory garden. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt built a Victory garden at the White House to support the troops. Vegetables grown will be given away to children. This is the first community garden in the CABLE neighborhood. The park will be an open-air exhibit with life sized statues. The park is located across the street from the YAO housing complex. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 1, 2017. 

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yao will honor nationally RECOGNIzED women

Brenda Berkman is the first female to work as a NYC firefighter. She won a lawsuit that made it possible for women to break a hiring barrier in NYC. Brenda Berkman served at Ground Zero during 9/11. She is the first firefighter to receive the White House Fellow Award. Senator Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and was nominated by former president Obama to be Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was among the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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yao will honor women first in their field

Fire chief Ann Huff started as Beaumont's second female firefighter and rose to become the first female deputy chief before rising to the highest position as Beaumont's first female fire chief. Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens is the first African American female to be elected sheriff in Texas. Before this she worked as the first female police chief at Prairie View. Prior to her police chief position, she worked as number two in command.


YAO will honor all texas women in uniform

Use the form below to nominate yourself or someone you know. All women who are from Texas, currently live in Texas or who worked in Texas that rose to serve in the military during any era or who are first responders will get an engraved stone placed in the park. We do not want to leave anyone out. Please share this page on your social media and with your friends.

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