Female Veterans Network - Vice President Jo Monty

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, an Air Force town with the base about 10 miles out of the citybut she joined the Navy. After graduating high school attended Deaconess School of Nursing. Worked most all of her career in intensive care units. She has lived in 6 states and settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul and MSN at the University of MN.  She met and married her husband in 1993.

In 1988 she joined the US Naval Reserves and was assigned to Combat Fleet Hospital 23. She did all her training in the US starting at Pensacola Naval air Station getting to see the Blue Angels most every day. Field training for Field Hospital at Camp Pendleton, Bethesda Naval Hospital, Camp Ripley, MN and Camp McCoy, WI. She was never deployed but came very close being told it was going to happen “very soon”.  He duffle bag sat packed and ready to go for six month before was  Desert Storm ended.  She was honorably discharged in 2003.  During her service she was given the National Defense ribbon and qualified in small arms and rifle.

She has  2 stepdaughters and their families of whom she is very proud. She has 3 grandchildren and 1 grandson-in-law who is currently active duty USAF.  She retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs after 23 + yrs. of accumulative service. She and her husband retired on the same day in 2005 and built a home in Citrus Hills, Florida that same year.  She enjoys the warm Florida weather and swims, plays golf, and is a former avid pickle ballplayer.

She and her husband enjoy travel, and hiking, are active in their church and two car clubs.  She became active in FVN in 2019 and currently serves as VP of the Female Veterans Network of Citrus County.  Along with her sister veterans, FVN supports other non-profits in Citrus County with a collection of nonperishable foods for food pantries.  Through generous donations of several groups of women who have knitted and crocheted afghans, hats, and shawls, have distributed these to the homeless in the county.  She also volunteers once a week at a homeless clinic along with several other nurses trying to meet the health care needs of the homeless.

She was a guardian of Honor Flight in 2019 and will be a guardian accompanying a sister veteran on the June 2022 Honor Flight of West Central Florida which will have one bus of all female veterans. Citrus County, Florida is very supportive of veterans and has a two-week recognition of Veterans in November.  She and her husband have participated in a program called Veterans in the Classroom, where veterans present to students from first grade through high school their experiences in the military.  I had a good experience in my time in the Navy and given the chance I would do it again.

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