Her relationship to the military became even deeper when she learned that there were some 20,000 sexual assaults in the military each year, with only a few hundred prosecuted. She made it her mission to document people who had survived that trauma and “keep this out there so people are talking about it and people are horrified by it.” Learn More*
Women Veterans Health Care
Tuscon VA Opens Cardiovascular Clinic Just for Women
Women veterans in southern Arizona have a new resource at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.
It's a cardiovascular clinic for women, and it's the first one of its kind in the entire VA system. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Many women, including those who have served the United States, do not know the risks or the symptoms. Learn More*
Women Veteran on the Brinks of Homelessness Gets Help
Jaime Lutts loved her career in the U.S. Navy.
She deployed with USS Carl Vinson to the Persian Gulf and spent years working in air traffic control.
But after six years, Lutts said she was ready for a change. But after her transition to civilian life, Lutts found herself on the brink of homelessness. Learn More*
Women Warriors Have Special Health Needs, Researchers Report
Women veterans are more at risk for lower life satisfaction, lung cancer, cognitive decline and hip fractures than non-veteran women, the Women’s Health Initiative reported in a new study.
The initiative published the study in the current issue of The Gerontologist just two months after the Obama administration announced all military roles will be open to women by April 1. Learn More*
New Women's Health Center at New Haven VA Officially Open
More than 25 years after the original women's clinic opened at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center here, staff and female veterans, many of whom have been around since the beginning, celebrated the official opening of the new VA Connecticut Women's Health Center.
But the celebration wasn't as much about the new space — though direly needed — as it was about the meaning of it. Learn More*
One Stop Service Location for Women Veterans
Beginning this month, the Women Veterans Alliance will begin conducting workshops for women veterans on the 4th Thursday of every month. A variety of services and resources will be available, including assistance with VA Benefits, Education, Career Help, Legal and Financial Advice, and much more. Learn More*
Making a Difference: Lexington Non-Profit Helps Women Veterans
One Lexington home is being renovated to help female veterans.
The house, located on North Lexington’s Deporres Avenue, is being transformed into a home for homeless female veterans and it is the first of its kind in the state. Learn More*
Beloved Woman Veteran Passes Peacefully in Her Sleep at 108
The Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center's office says World War II Veteran Alyce Dixon passed away peacefully in her sleep today at the age of 108.
The Center says that Ms. Dixon was a "high-spirited" and "fun-loving" local celebrity. Learn More*
Journal Shares Discoveries on Women Veterans' Long Term Health Outcomes
A new supplemental issue of The Gerontologist contains 13 articles by Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers and colleagues looking at differences in aging and mortality between veteran and non-veteran women.
The findings are taken from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), a long-term study funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and begun in 1991. The study included more than 3,700 women veterans among nearly 162,000 postmenopausal women from 40 centers across the U.S. WHI researchers collected data on health status, disease, health behaviors, and social and psychological factors, following the women for more than two decades. Learn More*
Online Program Helps Women Vets Manage Postpartum Depression
A University of Iowa researcher is reporting positive results from an online program to help female veterans cope with postpartum depression.
The online intervention, called MomMoodBooster, is funded by the Veterans Affairs Department's Office of Rural Health and the VA Office of Women's Health Services, according to an announcement. Learn More*
Blind Women Veterans Enjoy Holiday Party
"I wasn’t afraid because I can’t see,” quipped Korean War veteran Josephine Kraus when asked about her skydiving adventure. Kraus and 15 other sight-impaired lady veterans shared stories at a recent party, put on twice a year by the American Legion Auxiliary in Peoria.
Bill Gives WWII Women Pilots Arlington Cemetary Rights
A bipartisan House bill would allow the remains of some woman pilots who served during World War II to once again be honored at Arlington National Cemetery. Learn More*
Congresswoman Fights Ban on Burying Women WWII Pilots at Arlington
Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., on Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow the cremated remains of women who flew non-combat missions during World War II to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
The WASP Arlington Inurnment Restoration Act would overturn former Army Secretary John McHugh's decision earlier this year to not allow the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, to be inurned at the storied cemetery. Learn More*
Women WWII Vets are Barred from Arlington National Cemetary
A rule change is keeping a group of female U.S. pilots who flew noncombat missions during World War II from having their ashes laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
The women, known as WASPs, served in a special unit called Women Airforce Service Pilots. They flew noncombat missions to free up male pilots for combat. Learn More*
Q5: VA Values Its Commitment to Women Veterans
Stacey Askew is the executive assistant to the director for VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. In this Quick 5 interview she discusses the VA Women's Health Clinic in Leavenworth. Learn More*
Homeless Veterans Surviving Rape and Indifference
Mary Calvert has deep ties to the military: Her grandfather was John F. Kennedy’s commander during his famed service on PT-109, and her parents met in the Army during the Korean War. For the last 19 years, Ms. Calvert has taught a workshop for military photographers at Fort Meade.
Fort Meade: Women Veterans Giving Back
When Julie Gallant was a hospital corpsman in the Navy, she had difficulty with her male colleagues.
"As I went up in rank, I had problems with sailors, mostly men," said Gallant, who separated from the U.S. Navy Reserve as hospital corpsman chief in 1999. "Fellow sailors did not want to move as quickly when directions were given until I raised my voice and stood my ground. It changed after that."
Today, Gallant is a veteran and a health care tech at Fort Meade's VA Outpatient Center, which is one of six-community based clinics that are part of the VA Maryland Health Care System throughout the state. Learn More*
CLC Unveils Women Veteran Wall
The Community Living Center (CLC) at VA North Texas Health Care Center recently unveiled a Women Veterans Wall of Honor, celebrating the service and sacrifice of our Nation’s female Veterans.
“The goals of this project are to honor and recognize our women Veterans, educate them about VA services available to them, and ultimately, reduce the number of advanced gynecologic cancers in the aging, female Veteran population,” said Geriatrics & Extended Care Physician Assistant Pam Korzeniowski, PA-C, one of the event planners. “This wall has been a labor of love from everyone who works here.” Learn More*
Women Veterans Brave Unemployment and Homelessness
In her first tour to Iraq in 2006, Sgt. Mutiara Santiago volunteered to train with 11 other women to search Iraqi women and handle detainees. Right before deployment, her mission changed, and she was among the first women to be in a field artillery unit.
Yet, her life as a soldier in Iraq wasn’t quite as challenging as what she faced at home. This past May, after her professional peak and 11 years of active service, she returned to Washington state a single mother, unemployed and homeless. Learn More*
Homeless Women Veteran Gets a New Lease on Life
A home for the holidays. Homeless women veterans living in Western Massachusetts got the help they need to heal from serious trauma.
Women Veterans Stories' Preserved in Virginia Beach Exhibit
During World War II, Therese Hughes' mother was an officer in the Navy's WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. But her mother never talked about her time, and Hughes knew nothing of her service until years after Hicks died in 1977.
Hughes, now a photojournalist, has spent the past five years interviewing servicewomen in a project called, "The Military Women: WWII to Present," which includes a photo exhibit that opened earlier this month at the Tidewater Community College and City of Virginia Beach Joint Use Library. Learn More*
Housing Project to Serve Women Veterans
The Felician Sisters are working with the Erie County American Legion to complete a new housing project for homeless female veterans.
Anne Baglio, president of the ECAL Veterans for Veterans Inc., said the nonprofit organization wanted to do something for homeless women veterans because oftentimes their needs are unknown to the community. Learn More*
Women Veterans Honored at Legacy Park
Malibu resident Marjorie Dukatz was only 15 when World War II began, but was involved in many facets before enlisting in the Marine Corps at 20.While in school, she was recruited as a lookout to identify any foreign planes that passed by. After graduating high school, she became a “Rosie the Riveter” and started building airplanes. Learn More*
Coming Home From Afghanistan
When Sgt. First Class Army reservist Genevieve Chase arrived home from her first tour in Afghanistan in December 2006, she had experienced verbal and sexual harassment from two male superiors at Bagram Air Force Base in northeast Afghanistan and survived a suicide bomb attack on her convoy in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. Learn More*
Women Serve, but Aren't Being Served
Kokomo and Howard County long have been known for their dedication to military veterans. There are several organizations locally to serve the population. One of the largest veterans reunions in the nation takes place here every September. There are monuments erected in honor of military men and women in several locations, and the local Veterans Service Office is the second largest in the state. Learn More*
Army Veteran Advocates for Women with PTSD
As a veteran living with PTSD, Nicole Baldwin wants to give back to her fellow military women who are struggling to adapt to life after serving. After starting her own skin care line in Afghanistan and working tirelessly to get it off the ground in the US, Baldwin realized the need for active support networks to guide women veterans as they readjust to the rhythm of civilian life. She hopes to help other women living with PTSD hit their stride in a society that often misunderstands their journey. Here, she shares her story. Learn More*
Designing Prosthetics that Give Women Veterans Confidence
Over the past decade, the aftermath of military combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has seen an increase in the number of veteran amputees. Female veterans face additional challenges as standard prosthetics tend to be ill suited for their bodies, which are naturally narrower at the shoulder and wider at the hips. Learn More*
Friday's Event on CCBC Catonsville Campus Puts Women Veterans First
With Veterans Day here, one local group wants to make sure female veterans aren't forgotten.
The Baltimore County Delta Foundation is inviting female veterans from all over the area to come to the Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus at 800 South Rolling Road on Friday, Nov. 13, for an event designed especially for them. Learn More*
Advances for Military Women Belie Re-Integration Struggles
The toughness and resilience of hundreds of women who have distinguished themselves in their military occupations belie the challenges they face upon separating from the military. A productive career in the armed forces does not always equate to a smooth reintegration, and female veterans in particular are especially at risk.
I speak from experience, 17 years of which were served in the U.S. Navy. Learn More*
Housing First is Helping Homeless Women Veterans
When the Army discharged her for drug use in May 2004, Rhiannon Duncan, a single mother in her mid-20s who served full-time in the Army, had many demons and very little sense of direction.
In August 2014, after a few years marked by drug use, homelessness and prostitution, Duncan began to stabilize when she entered a pilot program here designed for veterans like herself, for whom homelessness is often one of multiple problems. Learn More*
Why Women Veterans Have Become so Entrepreneurial
We already know that women business owners are driving the growth in small business, and that within that group, it's women of color who are making the most progress.
But slice the data slightly differently, and you'll find an unexpected trend: The group of business owners who are really putting stakes in the ground are women veterans. That's right--women who have served in the armed forces and are now returning to civilian life to build businesses and jobs. Learn More*
For Women Who Served, Getting Them to See Themselves as a Veteran is a Battle
Tiffany Rogers watched the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, unfold from the gym at Fort Lewis, Wash. The installation was quickly locked down, tanks began rumbling through the streets and Rogers' career in the Army changed dramatically.
She deployed to Germany as a medic, helping treat troops wounded in Afghanistan and then Iraq.
"At first it was exciting," she said. "It seemed to be what I wanted." Learn More*
Clothing Drive Helps San Diego Women Veterans Suit Up for Business
Military veterans and San Diego leaders on Thursday kicked off a two-week women’s clothing drive at the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park.
Operation Dress Code will provide donated suits and other professional attire, including shoes and accessories, to women who are transitioning from the military into civilian careers. Learn More*
Women Veterans Hold Meeting on Benefits, Assistance
A small group of female veterans held a meeting Friday to talk about their specific needs.
The group gathered at the Veterans Administration Hospital in a first-of-its-kind event, according to officials with the Department of Veterans Services. Learn More*
Salute to Success Sets Out to Honor Women Veterans
Women veterans celebrated Veterans’ Day a week early Tuesday when they received professional outfits to give them success in the workforce. Learn More*
Women Veterans Reflect on Their Service
After eight years in the U.S. Army, Sherilynne Juan has a unique respect for veterans and the importance of Veterans Day.
“For me, I think that every day should be recognized as Veterans Day,” said the Aztec resident in an interview last week. Learn More*
PTSD Among Vietnam-Era Women Veterans
The journal of the American Medical Association has just published the first study of PTSD among Vietnam Era women veterans. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been well studied among men who served in Vietnam. However, even though many Vietnam-era women veterans served in or near war zones and may have experienced stressful or traumatic events during their service, there had never been a major epidemiologic investigation of PTSD among women prior to this. Learn More*
Women Veterans to Collaborate with Artists in Harlem
Female veterans in Harlem will soon be collaborating with artists as part of an initiative to bring art out of museums and into city government.
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs plans to announce on Monday that Social Design Collective, a project spearheaded by artist Jules Rochielle, has been chosen as artist-in-residence at the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs. Learn More*
In Breaking Codes, She Also Broke Ground
Mary Mitchell Saylor started contributing to America’s war effort as a 6-year-old Kansas farm girl. The United States had entered World War I, and she learned how to knit little squares to be used as gun cleaners. It was the beginning of a life shaped by war and service. Learn More*
New Mexico Women Veterans Conference Held
Women veterans representing every branch of service and dating back to World War II attended the Sixth Annual New Mexico Women Veterans Conference on Saturday at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel.
The purpose of the conference, which was presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, the New Mexico VA Health Care System and Women Veterans of New Mexico, was to educate women veterans about their available veterans benefits -- everything from health care, counseling and other VA programs, to state and other federal benefits. Learn More*
Midland DAV Champter Donates $1,000 Toward Women Veterans Health Care
The Disabled American Veterans of the Permian Basin, based out of Midland, presented a check of $1,000 to the Women Veterans Health Program at the VA Medical Center located in Big Spring.
“The Disabled American Veterans organization was started in 1920 and their one mission was to help veterans, their families and the surviving children of those families,” said Paul Reed, Commander of the local DAV, Chapter 58, at the brief ceremony on Monday. “With that tradition, on behalf of the Disabled American Veterans of the Permian Basin, I want to present this check to the female veterans program at the Big Spring VA for $1,000.” Learn More*
Volunteers Fix Up Detroit Center for Women Veterans
Volunteers from Home Depot spent Thursday cleaning, painting and making other upgrades to a Detroit center that provides housing and other services to female military veterans.
The workers installed flooring and light fixtures, hung blinds and built and installed shelving at the Epiphany Veterans Life Center on Ohio Street. Learn More*
One Woman, One Leg, and a Mission to Change Prosthetics
Lisa Marie Wiley, a former Army Sergeant is one of an increasing number of female veterans who are coming back injured from battle.
“I stepped on a bomb on Thanksgiving 2011,” she says. “The ground was peppered with IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and we went down on an incline and I stepped right on it.” Learn More*
Mobile Unit Offers Mammograms to Women Veterans
While attention is drawn to breast cancer during October, the VA says breast cancer awareness should be a year-round activity.
To make it easier for female veterans to get mammograms, the Wilmington VA Clinic will have a mobile unit for breast cancer screening on site from now until January. Learn More*
3D Printing Helps Women Veterans Create Prosthetics Made Just for Them
Because of the expense involved with creating most artificial limbs, especially legs, there tends to be a uniformity and utilitarianism in design that make them all look alike. So while prosthetic limbs generally function for both men and women, more men tend to have limbs amputated than women, so most prostheses end up working more for men than women. Not only do they not look the way that a woman may want her prosthesis to look, but quite often they simply don’t work for some of the unique needs of a female amputee. Learn More*
Pageant Contestants are 'Fully Women, Fully Warrior'
There are evening gowns, a talent competition, an interview question, a tiara and a sash — but don’t call Ms. Veteran America a beauty pageant. The judges don’t consider age, marital status or how a woman looks in a swimsuit when determining a winner.
These contestants all are active duty or military veterans using the competition to raise awareness about the challenges many women in the military face, including homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder and sexual assault. Learn More*
Michelle Obama, Jill Biden Fete Women Veterans in Lifetime Special 'Women of Honor'
First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are set for appearances next month in the Lifetime special “Women of Honor,” a celebration of female veterans and caregivers.
The hourlong program, set to air Nov. 9 in connection with Veterans Day on Nov. 11, will highlight the emotional experiences of three women, two of them who were in the service, the other a caregiver to her husband who lost both legs in Afghanistan. Learn More*
VA Advisory Committee on Women Vets Visits WRNMMC
Members from both the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Women Veterans and Center for Women Veterans (CWV) received a first-hand look at the care and programs for women veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Sept. 24.
The congressionally-mandated VA women’s advisory committee advises the VA secretary on the department’s programs and services for women veterans and originated from the ongoing collaboration between WRNMMC and the VA. Learn More*
Study: High Rate of PTSD Among Women Vietnam Veterans
Female Vietnam War veterans suffer significant rates of post-traumatic stress disorder decades after the war, partly because of the sexual harassment and discrimination they faced while attending to the wounded and dying, according to a new study.
Of the women surveyed, 20 percent experienced PTSD at some point after the war, according to the study published this week in JAMA Psychiatry, a publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Most of these women were nurses. Nearly 16 percent currently suffered from the disorder at the time of the study. Learn More*
VA Addresses Suicide by Gun Problem Among Women Veterans
Female veterans who try to take their own lives are often successful at a far higher rate than their female non-veteran counterparts because of one reason: They use guns.
Female veterans die by suicide at nearly six times the rate as those with no service record, such an alarming number that mental health experts at the Department of Veterans Affairs say the agency is reaching out to former servicewomen to talk about gun safety. Learn More*
Women's Clinic Apart of New VA Center
Considering women are the fastest growing group within the veteran population, area women veterans can rest assured there will be a Women's Health Clinic at the new Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Health Care Center when it opens later this year.
The clinic will be on the first floor and will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Learn More*
Conference to Honor Women Veterans
Retired Maj. Gen. Erika Steuterman will keynote the Women Veterans conference Tuesday at the West Lafayette Public Library.
The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University are sponsoring the event. Learn More*
Organizations Mobilize to Help Underserved Women Veterans
As a leading provider of services for veterans, Easter Seals is on the front lines when it comes to identifying the needs of our returning service men and women. We recently released a Call to Action white paper asking policymakers to recognize an urgent need: greater funding support for our female veterans.
It is a well-documented problem. In "The Independent Budget, Veterans Agenda for the 114th Congress," leading veteran organizations highlighted a disturbing disparity between services provided for returning women versus their male counterparts. Learn More*
Women Soldier Only Transition Workshop Focuses on Gender Differences
A two-day, women's only program conducted here this week is looking to guide female soldiers through their transition to civilian life, despite a militarywide effort to no longer differentiate between men and women in the services.
The event, sponsored by Operation Reinvent, was held on Fort Campbell and supported by the post's transition assistance program. The event was not conducted in lieu of the regular eight days of transition classes soldiers must attend before leaving the military, Fort Campbell officials said. About 40 female soldiers attended the event. Learn More*
Project Journey Provides More Than Shelter for Homeless Women Veterans
When U.S. Air Force veteran Nadine Nowlin got into a major car accident in 2012, her entire life changed.
“I lost my job, my apartment, my car and more importantly my health and my self-esteem, my dignity and my pride, because here I am homeless,” she said. Learn More*
VA Striving to Meet the Needs of Women Veterans
With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the VA is reminding all patients about the importance of early detection.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, women are the fastest growing subgroup of veterans, and the number is expected to increase dramatically in the next 10 years. Learn More*
How Can We Help Women Veterans?
A 2011 American Legion survey of more than 3,000 women veterans finds that at a nearly 25 percent rate, the convenience or location of VA Women's Health-Care services are poor. Only 42 percent of respondents rate the screening process for military sexual trauma as satisfactory: "To know us is to know that we come from across America and have had very different experiences. We have served in all branches of the military (37 percent of us have served in the Army, 23 percent in the Navy, 23 percent in the Air Force, 14 percent in the Marines and 3 percent in the Coast Guard) and represent the face of America (77 percent of us are white, 15 percent are African American, 12 percent are Hispanic, and 3 percent are Asian American). What may surprise many people is that 17 percent of us are women, a historically large number, and many of whom saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan." Learn More*
VA Expanding the Services it Offers to Women
Last month, the nation celebrated the graduation of the first female service members from the U.S. Army Ranger School, a moment that exemplifies the courage and conviction of women wanting to serve our nation with a purpose.
This month, on Sept. 22, the nation saw its first all-women honor flight, with 140 veterans, half from World War II and half from the post-9/11 era, visiting the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va. Learn More*
Here and Now: Military Women in Power
Survey Still Underway About Services for Women Veterans
The nonprofit Northeast Florida Women Veterans still needs participants for an online research study designed to gauge what services women veterans need most now and in the future.
The study, called RestorHer and launched in June, is also seeking information on how easy services are for women veterans to find and use. Learn More*
Brownley Pushes for Suicide Assistance for Women Veterans
After learning that women veterans are committing suicide at almost six times the rate of civilian women, Rep. Julia Brownley introduced a bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to evaluate its prevention programs. Learn More*
Walk Pays Tribute to Women Veterans in Our Area
An event at the Salem VA honored females veterans in our area today. People showed their support at the 2-K Walk, Roll, Stroll this afternoon. Learn More*
Women Veterans Visit DC in Historic Honor Flight
Eight years and more than 30 flights after the first Honor Flight taxied down the runway at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, area women veterans lifted off on their own flight.
A group of nearly 150 women made history Tuesday when they traveled to Washington, D.C., on the nation's first all-female veterans Honor Flight. Learn More*
Camp Freedom to Offer Respite for Women Veterans
Daniel DiMarco wanted to give back to soldiers and veterans, so for the last five years he’s organized an outdoor retreat called Camp Freedom for them to relax and unwind.
At the camp, soldiers can hunt, fish, go horseback riding, trail walking, biking and swimming for four days. They can also just sit on the porch and relax, DiMarco said. Learn More*
Women in the Infantry? No Thanks.
With Capt. Kristen Griest and First Lt. Shaye Haver recently becoming the first female soldiers to complete Army Ranger School, demands for the complete integration of women in the U.S. military are growing. In 2013 then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta officially lifted the ban on women serving in ground-combat roles. On Jan. 1, 2016, all branches of the military must either open all positions to women or request exceptions. Learn More*
Oldest Living Woman WWII Veteran Turns 108
The Washington, D.C. VA hospital hosted a big party Friday to celebrate a big birthday. World War II veteran Alyce Dixon is now 108-years young.
Dixon has quite a story and quite a personality. With a tiara on top of her head, she was queen for the day! Learn More*
Military Women at the Same Risk of PTSD as Men, Study Finds
As high-ranking military chiefs debate allowing women into the front lines of combat, researchers from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs are adding new research to the mix: Women warriors are at the same risk of post-traumatic stress disorder as men.
The finding, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research, offers insight into the long-term mental health effects of military service for women — including experience with combat. The evidence pads the argument in favor of allowing women to join infantry and some elite units of the military, the subject of fierce debate. Learn More*
Women Veterans Honored at Brown County Fair
Saturday is officially known as Women’s Veterans’ Day in Brown County. The county executive and other officials recognized women vets at the Brown County Fair.
Three veterans at the fair, Dolores, Pat and Anita, are bonded by their service in the military. Learn More*
Women's Health Symposium Scheduled
A women's health symposium for area physicians and health care professionals who serve women veterans is scheduled for Wednesday at the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center in Fayetteville.
The Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center is partnering with Southern Regional AHEC to hold the symposium. Learn More*
Memorial to Honor Women Veterans Going Up in Spanish Fort
The Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery sits on more than 120 acres of land in Spanish Fort.
The cemetery will soon be the home of a Women's Veterans Memorial monument because of money raised and donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Learn More*
VA House Open House at New Women's Clinic
The Sioux Falls VA Medical Center will have a ribbon-cutting and open house at the new Women’s Clinic on Wednesday.
The event is open to area women veterans, their families and friends and the general public. The open house will be from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the clinic on the medical center’s first floor with the ribbon cutting occurring at 4 p.m. Learn More*
Wounded Woman Warrior Accepts ESPY in the Spirit of Pat Tillman
Danielle Green learned how to be tough while growing up on the mean streets of Chicago. That outlook served her well during her intercollegiate basketball career at Notre Dame in the late ‘90s where she fought to win and racked up enough points to become the Fighting Irish’s sixteenth leading scorer of all time. Learn More*
White House Hosts 110 Year Old WWII Veteran Emma Didlake
President Obama welcomed the nation’s oldest known veteran to the White House -– hosting the barrier-breaking 110-year Emma Didlake in the Oval Office Friday afternoon.
The president lauded Didlake, an African American World War II veteran, for her service, saying she “served with distinction and honor.” Learn More*
Veteran's Fair All About Women
It’s all about veterans, women veterans that is, Saturday in Delta County.
The Escanaba Veterans Center is partnering with the Oscar G. Johnson V–A Medical Center to put on an Information Fair and Listening Session just for women veterans. There will be informational groups focusing on VA benefits, health care services, counseling services, and more. Learn More*
US Mint - VA Center for Women Veterans Collaborate...and Deliver Jobs
Women have served in the United States Armed Forces since the Revolutionary War. Today, there are over two million women veterans across the United States, representing 9.2 percent of the entire living veterans population. Women are one of the fastest growing segments of the overall veteran population. In the past, women accounted for only about 4 percent of the World War II veterans and about 3 percent and 12.5 percent, respectively, of the Korean and Vietnam-era veterans. Women veterans today represent about 30 percent of post 9/11 veterans according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Today, active duty and recruiting data project the percentage of women veterans to increase to almost 16 percent of the entire veteran population by 2040. Learn More*
As More Women Enlist in Military Service, VA Health-Care System Sees Changes
More than 38,000 veterans who live in Missouri are women, and that number continues to grow rapidly.
That means changes are in store for the Veterans Health Administration, a network of hospitals and clinics that provide care to active duty service members and discharged veterans. Serving more women means expanding the VA’s capacity to offer gynecological exams, services surrounding childbirth, and counseling related to military sexual trauma. Learn More*
Women Veterans Told Abobut VA Benefits, Services
The Department of Veterans Affairs took another step toward changing the agency’s culture Thursday with a forum to heighten awareness about Nevada’s more than 21,300 women veterans and health care services the VA provides to fit their needs.
Only about 40 women veterans attended the event hosted by Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., at the Public Education Foundation across from the UNLV campus.
The featured speaker, Elisa Basnight, national director of the VA Center for Women Veterans, posed the obvious question:
“We have a good showing today but where are your sisters in service?” Learn More*
Armed Forces Makeover; Health Smart
In honor of Armed Forces Day, KTLA teams up with a local organization offering female veterans “Makeovers That Matter” to honor a special soldier with a transformation that goes more than skin deep. Learn More*
It's Time to Help Our Women Veterans
May provides us with a unique opportunity to honor both our veterans (Military Appreciation Month) and the women who are very special to us (Mother’s Day). Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to our veterans and our mothers, and I wanted to update you on my efforts to help our female veterans. Female veterans represent 10 percent of the veterans population served by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and this number is expected to increase. Learn More*
Rep. Zinke Concerned About Healthcare for Women Veterans
Congressman Ryan Zinke says he was happy to be surrounded by heroes when he visited Missoula on Saturday evening.
The Republican stopped by the Doubletree Hotel to attend the Western Military Officers Association Annual Banquet where many war veterans were present for the festivities. Learn More*
How Can We End Homelessness Among Women Veterans?
A new report offers a four-pronged approach to address homelessness among female veterans.
Researched by the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families and the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, the report is a pointed call to action for government organizations, non-governmental agencies and philanthropic entities to collaborate and provide resources to fill the gaps that make these women vulnerable to homelessness.
The four key actions are:
- Initiate prevention and early intervention efforts.
- Provide health care/child care support for children of female veterans.
- Broaden definitions of “veteran” and “homeless,” thereby increasing eligibility for care and benefits.
- Improve awareness of and dispel myths related to the issue.
Free Women Veterans Summit to be Held in Kennewick
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Women Veterans Advisory Committee is asking women veterans to register today for the free "Life Is About Choices - There Are no Wrong Turns, Only Unexpected Paths", Saturday, June 6th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Three Rivers Convention Center, in Kennewick, WA.
This free summit will provide women veterans with comprehensive information regarding the opportunities and challenges women veterans face today, information on benefits and services they might be entitled to, and the opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new ones. Learn More*
Formerly Homeless Women Veterans Move Into New San Pedro Townhouses
Once-homeless Danielle Chavez beamed Tuesday as she jangled the keys to her new house in front of Los Angeles’ most influential politicians, her two daughters and a bevy of reporters curious to know just how she felt.
Chavez was one of a handful of military veterans — all women with children — to be the first to move into San Pedro’s Blue Butterfly Village, a collection of affordably priced, furnished rental homes dotting a brushy hill overlooking Rolling Hills Preparatory School and an oil storage tank yard. It’s the first such development built specifically for homeless female veterans in the county. Learn More*
SAVAHCS Opens New Women's Health Clinic
Tuscan is now the site of a new Women's Health Clinic for women veterans.
In a recent release the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System Tucson VA campus is opening a new clinic that will begin seeing female veteran patients starting at 8 a.m. Monday. Learn More*
Women Veterans to Be Honored During Thurby
Oaks and Derby are right around the coroner but you don't have to wait until then to have fun at the track. Mark your calendar because April 30 is Thurby!
It's the second year for the new addition to Derby week, in hopes of giving more Louisvillians a chance to have a day at Churchill Downs. Learn More*
Is She Here for Her Husband? Her Son? No. She's a Veteran Too.
As the number of female veterans continues to increase, a prominent veterans service organization is asking the federal government to conduct a study that would evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ability to meet the growing needs of women veterans and study their levels of privacy and security when they do seek treatment.
That request by Disabled American Veterans was made Tuesday at a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on “Fulfilling the Promise to Women Veterans.” Learn More*
Minneapolis VA Among Hospitals Working to Add Women's Care
With women becoming the fastest growing group seeking veterans care, there’s concern that the Department of Veterans Affairs hasn’t changed quickly enough for their needs, including in Minnesota.
A recent report from the group Disabled American Veterans says many VA hospitals are short-staffed on gynecologists and mental health specialists to help patients with sexual assault trauma. The report says women make up 20 percent of military recruits. Learn More*
Nonprofit Helps Texas Women Veterans
Most of you are probably familiar with the box-office-hit movie “American Sniper,” the story of a Navy Seal (Chris Kyle) who spent four tours in the Middle East. While this movie is categorized as a war film, the real point of the story is how Kyle’s combat experiences affected his mental state upon returning to civilian life, his relationship with his family, and his efforts to overcome what’s now commonly called Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
The mental state of soldiers returning to civilian life has been brought to the public’s attention in the last few years. What image usually comes to mind when you think about the word “soldiers” with PTSD/family issues/trouble adjusting to civilian life? If you’re like me, that image is probably of a male soldier. But, did you know that women soldiers face a lot of the same issues as the men? Learn More*
Women Veterans Conference Hosted in Louisville
The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a conference targeted to Kentucky women who served in the military.
The conference will focus upon many issues including benefits and employment opportunities.
The conference takes place on Saturday, April 11 in Louisville at the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Learn More*
Oldest American Woman Veteran Dies at 108
The country's oldest woman veteran has died at home in Texas at the age of 108.
Lucy Coffey, an Indiana native who served throughout the Pacific, was found dead in her bed Thursday morning after being ill for about a week and suffering a chronic cough, Quita Marquez, a friend and Bexar County, Texas, veterans service officer, told ABC News. Learn More*
Michigan Group Ramp Up to Help Women Vets
Veterans agencies are retooling to help a growing number of women transition from the military to civilian life.
As the armed forces wind down from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the ranks of former military personnel are declining overall, but the Department of Veterans Affairs projects the number of women veterans will rise by 2040 from 2 million to 2.4 million. Learn More*
Soldier Girls Book Shows Trials, Triumphs of Women in the Guard
One woman joined the Indiana National Guard to pay for college, never expecting that a terrorist attack on the United States while she was still in training would result in her deployment to Afghanistan.
Another was one of the longest-serving women in the Indiana National Guard who defied her age, gender and single parent status to serve because she saw the military as her calling. Learn More*
VA Finds PTSD Manifests Differently in Women than Men
With women now serving on the front lines like never before in our nation's history, the military faces the new challenge of understanding the toll combat takes on the female psyche.
Significant research has been done on the emotional impact of combat on the soldier. The blockbuster film American Sniper did much to raise public awareness of the toll combat can take on soldiers and those they love. In the film, Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, manifests some of the common symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Learn More*
Veterans Affairs to Hold Women's Recognition Events
The Office of Veterans Affairs is celebrating Women's History Month with Women's Recognition events that will present "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives." This year's theme presents the opportunity to weave women's stories - individually and collectively - into the essential fabric of the nation's history.
The accounts of the lives of individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vi-sion of what a woman can do. The stories of women's lives and the choices they made encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Learn More*
Connecticut Bill Aims to Connect Women Veterans to Benefits, Services
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Davis saw three combat zones during one tour of duty and dodged bullets just like her male comrades. Still, the Enfield resident says she's never been treated as an equal in her 24 years as a soldier, and she doesn't believe that will change once she retires at the end of this year.
According to a January report released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Connecticut is home to 16,545 female veterans - a number that is expected to grow. As these women return to Connecticut, they need support, information and access to appropriate, quality care. A measure being considered by state lawmakers would help them. Learn More*
5 Ways Women are Still Marginalized Today
International Women's Day will be celebrated by events around the world on March 8.
Women have made enormous strides since this day was first honored over 100 years ago: from women entrepreneurs, female bishops and moviemakers, to women in male-dominated industries such as STEM and politics, and men and women sharing equally in the raising of their children.
And yet there are still numerous ways in which women remain marginalized. Here are just five instances of how our children are learning from the world around them that women are less important than men. Learn More*
Lending a Hand to Women Veterans
On any given night, federal officials say, roughly 610,000 people in the United States don't have roofs over their heads. Of those, some 144,000 are veterans. A rapidly growing portion of those is female.
Homelessness is just one of myriad issues facing female veterans, and it will be among the topics discussed March 7 during a free conference in Santa Monica.
The event, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the local YWCA, aims to help women who have served in the military return to civilian life by steering them towards a variety of social and community services. Learn More*
Local Woman Veteran Tells of Service as a Nurse
Cindy Switzer served on active duty as a licensed vocational nurse with the U.S. Army, and has continued to use her skills in the medical field by working with veterans at the Kerrville VA Medical Center.
She said she went on active duty in 1986 on a track called Delayed Entry Program.
"I was working then as a licensed vocational nurse, and served to mid-1991, she said. I was in the active duty reserves from 1992 to 2000." Learn More*
Air Force Veteran's Suicide Sheds Light on Women Soldiers and PTSD
It's a chilling statistic: Twenty-two United States veterans commit suicide a day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. One recent victim: Thirty-year-old Air Force Reserve Capt. Jamie Brunette.
Capt. Brunette, the youngest of five children from Milwaukee, had served two tours of duty in Afghanistan during her 11-year Air Force career. On Feb. 9, police in Tampa, Fla., found her dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Her family and friends came together this week to honor Brunette's memory and raise awareness about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), something Brunette's friends say was hard for her to talk about. Learn More*
Indiana Student Runs 160 Miles to Remember 160 Fallen Women Veterans
She's always been a runner, but she's never done a run quite like this.
This weekend, Indiana University graduate student Tricia Oxford will join a Navy captain in Virginia to run 160 miles in 160 hours to honor the 160 American women who have died serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It's called "Valor Knows No Gender: A Run to Remember." Learn More*
Michelle Obama Graces the Cover of Redbook, Makes Striking Statement about Unemployed Women Veterans
Michelle Obama will grace Redbook’s November cover, but her most striking pose is the centerfold image. In it, the first lady embraces five female veterans who are struggling to find work.
The women’s magazine is centering its upcoming issue entirely around the female veteran employment crisis and Obama was the obvious face for the cause. Since entering the White House, the first lady has made supporting veterans a focal point of her advocacy work by growing her nonprofit, Joining Forces, taking a strong stance on vet homelessness and urging companies to hire former servicemen and servicewomen. Learn More*
Each lady, from all branches of military service, is involved in the Phoenix VA Health Care System’s Blind Rehab Services, an advanced low-vision clinic designed to provide exceptional low-vision care and interventions that improve personal safety, independence, emotional adjustment, and quality of life. Learn More*