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Female vets find support at Denison center

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The Walker House in Denison offers support for women who served in the military. (KTEN) The Walker House in Denison offers support for women who served in the military. (KTEN)
"Everyone has something to contribute," said Desert Storm veteran Cindy Robertson. (KTEN) "Everyone has something to contribute," said Desert Storm veteran Cindy Robertson. (KTEN)
"I was so focused on surviving and trying to reestablish a new norm and a new identity for myself," said Navy vet Lucinda Kukuk. (KTEN) "I was so focused on surviving and trying to reestablish a new norm and a new identity for myself," said Navy vet Lucinda Kukuk. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Those who have served their country wear it as a badge of honor.  Desert Storm veteran Cindy Robertson wants people to know that when it comes to women veterans.

"You know, you think 'military,' you think men... but there are a lot of veteran women out there," she said.

Many of the struggles female veterans face come from failing to be recognized.

"It makes it harder as a female veteran because you don't feel like your service is valid... that your struggles as a veteran aren't valid," Navy veteran Lucinda Kukuk said.

Walker House held a luncheon Tuesday specifically for women, for them to see there are others like them.

"You just feel stuck as a woman, and you're not... you're not... and that's what we're trying to say today," Robertson said.

Walker House is run out of a donated home; not for people to live in, but for veterans -- male and female -- to come and feel safe.

"A lot of veterans tend to isolate and not want to hang out with the general population," coordinator Penny Poolaw explained. "Having a space where they can go and feel comfortable is important."

This runs true for Kukuk; she struggled with a disconnect with life after service.

"I was so focused on surviving and trying to reestablish a new norm and a new identity for myself," she said.

Walker House has helped Kukuk find an identity after years of feeling alone and invalid.

"For me, it's been a very healing and empowering thing for me to get in with this group of women and these group of veterans," she said.

Veterans involved in the organization want other women out there to know they are welcome at Walker House.

"You may feel that you don't have anything to contribute, but everyone... everyone has something to contribute," Robertson said.

Those at Walker House believe having a place for veterans to meet with peers really helps with their transition to civilian life after military service.

Walker House, at 1100 West Walker Street in Denison, serves veterans in Grayson, Fannin and Cooke Counties. Call 903-267-0166 for more information. 

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