The disabled veteran served in the Women's Army Corps from 1969-72 at Fort McClellan, Alabama, where she played trumpet in the WAC band.
Belmont said that part of her duties during Vietnam was playing Taps for those who were killed in action in Mississippi and Alabama. "I was 18 years old when I first went in, and I saw things that changed my life during that time frame. Mississippi and Alabama were very poor states, and the military funerals that I performed were something you never forget," the native Californian said.
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