Veteran of the Month: General Rosetta Burke

On behalf of Wurzweiler’s Care Café, Happy Veteran’s Day!

As social workers, we are moved to action when we engage with our community. In our travels, we meet some of the most spiritual, knowledgeable, and influential people of our time. This is one of those times.

Today, we highlight our first Veteran of the Month, General Rosetta Burke!

General Rosetta Burke, then and now

General Burke was the first female Assistant Adjutant General of New York State and the Army National Guard. She was also the first African American female to hold this role and served in the military for 35 years.

During Care Café’s interview with General Burke, she reflected on her advancement and noted that she often “wondered about the many women who served before her” and professional growth trajectory impending those who will serve after her services have ended.

It became General Burke’s life’s work to create opportunities for military women, and military women of color, to gather in solidarity to support, encourage, and educate one another, and to ensure that these stories are shared with the world at large.

General Burke is the Founder and President of the Black Military Women’s Foundation, Inc.

The organization notes their mission on their website: “Our purpose is to ensure the availability of historical information concerning black women and other women of color who have served and/or who are currently serving in the military services of the United States by sponsoring seminars, workshops, lectures, exhibitions and other informational forums.”

Care Café has officially been invited to join General Burke and her esteemed colleagues in a partnership, as we develop diversified public education programming and direct services to support the needs of veterans across the New York City boroughs. It is an honor and privilege to learn from General Burke and to be a part of this union.

To General Burke and the members of the Black Women’s Military Foundation, Inc., we salute you!

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