November 28, 2022

Wreaths Across America Radio Hosts Third in Four Roundtable Series on Healing Veterans


Anne F. Macdonald, Brigadier General, United States Army (Retired) and President of Women’s Army Foundation. Macdonald graduated from West Point in 1980 in the first gender-integrating class and subsequently served almost 31 years in the military leading and building very effective teams. BG Macdonald is a senior Army aviator qualified as a UH60 Blackhawk pilot, paratrooper and air assault. She served four years in the 101st Airborne Division (air assault) and 18e Airborne corps; seven years in the Republic of Korea; two and a half years in Germany before, during and after the fall of the Iron Curtain; and six years as a general officer. His last posting was in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She was the first woman active in combat arms (aviator) to be promoted to general officer. Anne is currently President of the United States Army Women’s Foundation, whose mission is to promote the public interest in the United States military by honoring and recognizing the service of women in the military, past and present.

Phyllis wilson, Chief Warrant Officer 5 (retired) of the United States Army and President of the Women in Military Service For America Memorial Foundation. Wilson served 37 years in the military as a Military Intelligence (MI) voice intercept operator. She has served around the world – visiting over 35 countries – in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and North America. In August 1990, she was mobilized to support OPERATION DESERT SHIELD / OPERATION DESERT STORM and served with the XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In december 2002, she mobilized for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM as a senior analyst in the fight against terrorism. She ended her military career at 5e United States Army Reserve Command Chief Warrant Officer. As President of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, she is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the 33,000 square foot Military Women’s Memorial and Education Center – the only major national memorial honoring the three million women who defended America against revolutionaries. War on today. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Policy Vets; Foundation of the allied forces; the Foundation for Women in the Army; and the United States Army Association (AUSA).

Brenda Pennels is the Uniform Services Family Health Plan Strategic Relations Manager for Martin’s Health Point. Pennels also has 20 years of leadership experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She was commissioned from a military police 2LT in 1981 as part of the early commissioning program through the army’s ROTC in University of Massachusetts. In 1985, CPT Pennels left active service and served another 16 years in the Army Reserve in the 98th (Training) Division, where she received several promotions and held various command and staff positions. until her honorable release in 2001. In addition to her working with Martin’s Point, Pennels serves as civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for the State of Maine, and as Aide for governor Janet T. Mills. Pennels is affiliated with many veterans groups and civic organizations and is currently President of the Military Officers Association of America, Southern Maine Chapter.

“We had some really meaningful and important discussions during our first two roundtable interviews, and this month’s topic of women in the military is something I personally wanted to cover,” said Karen worcester, Executive Director, Crowns Across America. “I have the utmost respect for each of these women, and for all those who have served and serve our country. I look forward to hearing more about the resilience and success of everyone on the panel. “

The goal of the Wreaths Across America Radio Roundtable Series on Healing Veterans is to help reduce barriers for Veterans by:

  • Supporting generational bonds among military veterans through stories of service and success;
  • Destigmatize the problems faced by ex-combatants and seek help;
  • Combat the inaccurate perceptions of Veterans by discussing the diverse experiences, challenges and successes of military members, Veterans and their families; and
  • Connect veterans with valuable resources.

You can listen to the 24/7 Wreaths Across America Radio stream anywhere on, and via the iHeart Radio or download it from the App Store or Google.

This is the third broadcast in this series, with the last broadcast scheduled for Thursday 23 December 2021. All roundtables will take place LIVE, exclusively on Wreaths Across America Radio.

About Wreaths Across America Radio
Wreaths Across America Radio is a 24/7 internet stream. Its unique format provides informative and inspiring content about members of the United States Armed Forces, their families, military veterans and volunteers across the country and abroad who support the mission to remember, honor and teach. . In addition to the inspiring content, Wreaths Across America Radio broadcasts a variety of music with roots firmly planted in patriotism and a common thread of country music at the heart of the stream. Wreaths Across America Radio has a live morning show every morning of the week from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastern, as well as a variety of special programs that support the mission.

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About crowns across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started by a businessman from Maine Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is achieved in part each year by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in December in Arlington, as well as thousands of veterans and other cemeteries. locations in all 50 states and beyond.

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Moderators Karen worcester and Joe reagan will be available for interviews leading up to each event. Recorded presentations can be replayed and distributed after each event.

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