As an Army nurse during the Vietnam War Karen Schimpf tended to soldiers whose bodies were blasted on the battlefield.
She arrived in Saigon as "an immortal 22-year-old" she said. But that wasn't the way she left.
When Schimpf came home the war was unpopular and those who participated in it were not celebrated heroes.
Women's contributions went unnoticed, she said yesterday when my partner Kelly West and I talked to her at her home in Tonasket, Washington.
"We came home by ourselves," Schimpf said.
Being overlooked, she said, still stings a little.