Doonesbury Creator Garry Trudeau to Accept AND Positive Voice Award Sept. 25 at WREI/AND Conference

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ — The Alliance for National Defense (AND) will present Positive Voice Awards to Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau and longtime military women’s rights advocate Capt. Barbara Brehm at the Eighth Conference on Women in the Military September 25 at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington , VA.

AND is a non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization comprised of veterans from all service branches and concerned civilians. AND collects the facts and figures – factual, thoughtful, objective information – on U.S. military women and provides them to scholars, the media, national decision makers and the public. The Positive Voice Award honors persons who support the military women who play an increasingly vital role in America’s defense.

The conference, which runs from September 24-25, is co-sponsored by the Alliance and the Women’s Research and Education Institute (WREI). It brings together policy makers, military people and academics to delve into issues impacting on the rights, responsibilities and challenges of military women.

Entitled Women in the Military: Moving Forward Using the Lessons of the Past Decade, this year’s gathering will feature a keynote address by Army Medical Corps Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum, a then-combat battalion surgeon shot down and imprisoned by Iraqis during the first Gulf War. Its panels and discussion groups will cover a wide range of timely, relevant subjects including Military Culture and Its Impact on Women; The Quilt: Honoring Military Women; Women Deploying; International Issues; Veterans Medical Issues; and The Outlook for Women Veterans.

Garry Trudeau is being honored for his recognition of military women and the examination of the effects of sexual trauma suffered during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“Garry Trudeau gets it. Since Doonesbury has been published, it has included military members at war,” the award notes. “He understands the issues, he creates the scenarios, and he transmits them to a nation-wide audience in a way no one else can do.”

Capt. Barbara Brehm, U.S. Navy (Ret.) is honored as a “forceful and effective supporter of military women’s rights” in a range of assignments that included service as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel for Women’s Matters, military director for the Defense Advisory Council on Women in the Service (DACOWITS) and on the Veteran’s Administration committee for women veterans.

Tickets to the conference can be purchased at the door as well as on the AND and WREI websites at or

SOURCE Alliance for National Defense

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