U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Felecia Parker, who served 11 years in the U.S. Navy and joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 2008, left to go to her second tour of the Middle East on Jan. 3. She served in Desert Storm and the Gulf War in 1990-1991. Parker has four children, and one son and one daughter are in the military.  

A few days before New Year’s, the Greater New York and Brooklyn chapters of the Links Inc. hosted a holiday celebration honoring Parker and three other women veterans who are leaving for Afghanistan as active duty soldiers.

The event was held at Alma Rangel Gardens in Harlem, and members of the Links from all the boroughs of New York City arrived with their spouses and family members, bringing gifts and good wishes that the women veterans could use in Afghanistan.

The Links’ Women Issues Committee, chaired by Victoria James, collaborated with Links chapters across New York City. That collaboration resulted in this great farewell to these U.S. Army women soldiers over a wonderful dinner, with beautiful piano music provided by Links member Annie Greenup.

The Women Issues Committee is a special project that was created to honor women veterans in the military and help them readjust to civilian life.

Among the special guests were Director of the Harlem Veteran Center Walter Bridgers; Eric Glaude, a counselor specializing in veterans affairs at the Borough of Manhattan Community College; veteran affairs counselors from Medgar Evers College; and Rep. Charles B. Rangel, who thanked the female veterans for their services in protecting our country.