The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks hosted a baby shower today for expectant and new moms who are veterans or spouses of veterans.
Parents scored several hundreds worth in diapers and diaper bags, wipes, clothes, and tons of toys. The VA also offered info on available services and support groups, and even on site immunizations.
Luke and Callie Mondy are veterans and expectant parents.
Luke served 10 years, Callie served 12 years, and both did a tour in Iraq.
They made the trip from Harrison, Arkansas to pick up a few needed items for their baby boy.
“They make being a woman veteran a lot easier and they understand what we’re going through, so it’s nice to kind of feel special like we have our own little place that we’re not just the minority of girls in the service,” said Callie Mondy.
Luke Mondy looked at his wife, and got teared up as he reminded others to be aware about women in the Armed Forces, because they are often overlooked.
“All you people out there that see a veteran license plate , it could be for a female…I’m sorry,” said Luke.
Callie said when she first returned home there were hardly any services for women veterans, and she’s happy to see the progress the VA has made.
The VA helps anywhere from 50 to 80 expectant veteran mom’s a year.
The VA pays for the womens prenatal care, and doctor appointments, as well as off-site deliveries, and much more.
This is the second baby shower that they’ve had and they plan to have another next year.
For more information just head to the VA’s website