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2012 KCET Womens History Month

Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year: 

      Bea Cohen
      World War II Veteran
      Veteran and Community Volunteer

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Bea Cohen, a World War II veteran, has spent her life advocating for her fellow soldiers. During the war, she worked at Douglas Aircraft Company and became a living “Rosie the Riveter,” and soon a U.S. Air Force soldier. During her career, she worked in the communications department with top-secret documents and fed the soldiers while on kitchen patrol. At age 102, Ms. Cohen is an essential member of many organizations, among them the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital. She believes our Veterans are America’s real heroes, and hopes people will honor, remember and thank them for their service and sacrifices.

      Billie P. Weiss, M.P.H.
      Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles

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Billie P. Weiss, M.P.H., is founder of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and associate director of the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Program at the UCLA School of Public Health. For the past 21 years, Ms. Weiss has dedicated her life to building safer communities. Ms. Weiss is the author of numerous literary works, and co-authored the “Advanced Project Report on Reducing Gang and Youth Violence in Los Angeles.” She has received numerous awards, including the California Peace Prize from The California Endowment and Courageous Leader by Women Against Gun Violence in 2008.

View KCET Womens' History Month Honorees for 2011

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