Three local nurses were in the spotlight recently as honored veterans of the United States, and two of them received awards during the Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Network’s fourth annual “Women Are Veterans Too!” ceremony.Kathleen Splinter, RN
Phyllis Santangelo-Galeaz, RN, of Lynn and Kathleen Splinter, RN, of Fall River each received an Outstanding Woman Veteran Award on Nov. 7 in the statehouse’s Memorial Hall of Flags.
The keynote address at this year’s ceremony was given by Brig. Gen. Marie. T. Field, RN, MS, who retired last year as the highest ranking woman to serve in the Massachusetts Air National Guard.Kathleen Splinter (from left), keynote speaker Brigadier General Marie. T. Field, and Phyllis Santangelo-Galeaz
Santangelo-Galeaz entered the Army Nurse Corps program in 1941.
She was stationed for three years in the jungles of New Guinea during World War II. She is an active member of her community and the American Legion Post.Upon her return from the Vietnam war, Splinter was awarded the Bronze Star.
Splinter joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1966. She served in Vietnam for a year and received the Bronze Star.
She is the president of Welcome Home Housing, which purchases, builds, and develops apartments for disabled veterans.Splinter (left) and Santangelo-Galeaz
Nominations for this award were collected from across Massachusetts and were reviewed based on military service, contributions to the community, participation in veterans’ organizations, and special efforts to enhance the lives of women.