This picture of Captain Tracey Frink, 30, of Astoria, Queens at center in uniform, with other female veterans with the organization American Women Veterans in signature red scarves was taken this past Thursday, Veteran’s Day in the United States, during the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue. I met women who had served in Korea, Vietnam, the First Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay in all branches of the American armed forces except the coast guard (although Genevieve Chase of American Women Veterans just wrote me, “We did have a Coastie there… even a Coast Guard Academy grad!” so in fact all branches were present) : the army, navy, air force, marine corps.
I am currently at work on a photo essay that looks at women veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars residing in New York City. My hope is to find a woman in every borough of the city, so Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island, who will allow me to photograph part of their civilian life. If you are a female veteran of these conflicts in New York City, please be in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.