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Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer earned her BS from the University of Maryland, her Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She joined the Army Student Nurse program, ultimately serving 31 years in U.S. Army, Reserve/National Guard. She was stationed in Texas, Georgia, Germany, Virginia, Vietnam and Washington. Military awards and honors include the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service during the Vietnam War, the Meritorious Service Medal, "A" proficiency designator by Surgeon General. She was named Woman of the Year by the Woman's Army Corps Veterans, and Nurse of the Year by the Veterans Affairs Department in 1985, and Who's Who (various editions since 1991). Following her challenge of the military antigay policy she was award the Woman of Power Award, NOW, 1992, Distinguished Alumni Award University of Washington, School of Nursing 1995, Woman Who Dared Award, National Council of Jewish Women 1999, to name a few. She currently runs an Adult Family Home, is the Hospital Commissioner at Whidbey General Hospital, and guest lectures around the country on issues of gay/lesbian social justice.