For the first time in Jacksonville -- there's now a week dedicated to honoring female veterans. Mayor Alvin Brown declared March 16th through the 22nd as Women Veterans Recognition Week. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem tells us about a weeklong series of events to honor and celebrate the contributions of women veterans. 3 3 00-0609-1653-101104-109113- 120The inaugural Women Veterans Recognition Week serves as a way to celebrate the accomplishments, and discuss the unique challenges, of women veterans.Shaunah Esteves, Active Navy 02:09:54 Well the dynamic of being a female in the military, I think personally that it is an above and beyond initiative because we are still handling our families, we are all involved in the school systems with our children, as well as being an intricate part of the organization that we are serving with.Women are a growing proportion of the nation's veteran population, representing nearly 18 percent of all post-9/11 veterans. Florida ranks third in the nation for women veterans, and Duval County has the largest number in the state.We spoke to some veterans at the ceremony announcing Women Veterans Recognition Week about their time serving our country.Joy Casino, Retired Navy 56:56 I was stationed in Washington DC with the bureau of ships and I loved every minute of it.Jessica Dunbar, Retired Navy 58:54 I over hauled and repaired aircraft instruments that were used for the fighter planes and I was in the NavyMargaret Wright, Retired Navy 02:10 You don't come back the same as you leave physically you do but you have to do and say so things you normally don't have to do back homeHere are the events going on next week to honor women vets...) On March 18th a Women Veterans History exhibit will be open to the public in the Atrium of City Hall until March 21.Also on the 18th - Women Veterans Forum: The Status of Women Veterans at 9:30 a.m. At the WJCT Studio Mar. 19th is the Women Veterans Health Fair at noon at the Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic Mar. 20th - Traveling Stories: A Day in the Life of a Military Women" at 11:30 a.m. At Dupont YMCA and Mar. 22nd is the Women Veterans Recognition Gala at 6 p.m. At the Jacksonville Riverwalk Wyndham For information on how to get Tickets go to new4jax.com AM C4 TLS.