Perspectives of Indian American Women Veterans

Perspectives of Indian American Women Veterans

November 11, 2021

Dr. Rupa Dainer – Chief Surgical Officer, PSV and Former Commander in the U.S. Navy

“There were many obstacles along the way, not the least of which centered around my Indian heritage and the fact that I am a woman – while it would be naive to say those challenges no longer exist, I can say with conviction that our world is evolving towards a better tomorrow, and I am thrilled to have played a part.”

Dr. Dainer has served in the U.S. Navy for over 18 years working on multiple missions around the world. After serving the country as a Commander in the U.S. Navy, she is currently the Chief Surgical Officer at Pediatric Specialists of Virginia


Ranbir Kaur – Senior Cryptologic Analyst, California Army National Guard

“Serving in the military has taught me that I have what it takes to endure the trials and tribulations that life brings. My mentors, peers, and subordinates have assisted me in getting to those depths of endurance that only a few have gone.”

Watch the “Don’t Rush Challenge” video which is put together by Ranbir and Desi veteran Sisters about Desi women in the military.

Ranbir has served in the California Army National Guard for over 18 years in many positions from Platoon Sergeant, Linguist, and Analyst as well as with the intelligence agency as a linguist. 


Monica Mohindra – Acting Director, Veterans History Project, Library of Congress

“As the wife of a Navy veteran, I recognize the importance of having a safe space to share firsthand remembrances, so that they will not be lost to future generations.  Born in India, I understand the value of personal connection to history and encourage you seek out the veterans in your life to contribute their stories.”

Monica has been with the Veterans History Project for 19 years, and since 2010 has been Head of its Program Coordination & Communication section.