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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Governor Paul Laxalt to Lee Wilson, 1969

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Object ID: WV0449.4.001

Description: A one-page typed letter from Nevada Governor Paul Laxalt to Lee Wilson, congratulating her on her military service in Vietnam, and offering her assistance in beginning her career. Laxalt mistakenly refers to Wilson as a man; he later sent a letter apologizing for the mistake.

Creator: Lee Wilson

Biographical Info: Lee Wilson (b. 1947) served in the Women's Army Corps from 1966 to 1969 and the Army National Guard from 1979 to 1984.

Collection: Lee Wilson Papers

Rights: It is responsibility of the user to follow the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Materials are not to be reproduced in published works without written consent, and any use should credit Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Full Text:

Dear Lee:

Welcome home:

On behalf of all Nevadans I offer heartfelt thanks for the fine way you represented your State and Nation during your recently completed tour of military duty. We are proud of you.

Nevada needs men like you to provide leadership in the coming years of growth and expansion. On the other hand I feel you have much to gain from Nevada, a State with a bright future.

You have earned special rights through military service, and I urge you to take full advantage of the assistance Nevada is ready to give you in finding a job or training for a career.

I have asked the State Employment Security Director to offer you the assistance of his department in planning your future. He will write you outlining the services his staff can provide.

Please do not fail to take advantage of the benefits to which you are entitled. You have earned the best Nevada can provide.

Sincerely, Paul Laxalt, Governor of Nevada