Ms. Lillian Hoover
Ms. Lillian Hoover Veteran, U.S. Navy
Recently, the First Lady had the honor of hosting Women Veterans from the state of Louisiana at a luncheon and ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion. Among the attendees was 94-year-old Lillian Hoover – one of the oldest living female veterans in the state.
Ms. Lillian, when asked about her decision to join the military said, “I consider it a privileged to join be of service.” During the time she joined, women were not allowed to serve. World War II would change that. The military began accepting women in the service in 1944, and Hoover joined shortly thereafter. The course of that war would change the history of our country the world.
Joining the United States Navy in 1944, she was one of the very first women to enlist in our nation’s history. Today, Hoover still offers her service to the military by meeting with other female veterans through the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Female Veteran Outreach Program. Her willingness to serve our country still shows today by her efforts. Hoover’s wish is that many other women will see the opportunity to serve in the military and carry that forward. She is forever proud of her service.
Women have always been important to the defense of our nation and have made many brave and selfless contributions to our armed forces. We have more than 28,000 women veterans from across our great state and more than 214,000 women that are currently serving in every rank and military occupational specialty. We were proud to recognize Lillian Hoover, a WWII Veteran, who is an inspiration to us all.
Ms. Lillian Hoover – we salute you!