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
On the Horizon: Women WWII Pilots Closer to Gaining Entry to Arlington Cemetary
Elaine Harmon's ashes are one step closer to making what her family hopes will be their final journey from her daughter's bedroom closet in Maryland to a place more befitting a World War II heroine: Arlington National Cemetery.
Harmon, who served her country in the WASP — an acronym for the Women Airforce Service Pilots — during the war, died in April 2015 at the age of 95. Learn More*
Women Veterans Continue Making Strides for Service Recognition
From the Continental Army Soldier Deborah Samson to the first female Army Rangers, Capt. Kristen Griest and First Lt. Shaye Haver, American women have been serving in the U.S. Military for hundreds of years,” militarywoman.org reported. Learn More*
Legislation in Response to Hike in Women Veterans' Suicide Rate
Proposed legislation would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop gender-specific suicide prevention programs.
The “Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act” (H.R. 2915) directs the VA to identify mental health care and suicide prevention programs and metrics that are most effective in treating women veterans. Learn More*
Women Share Military Service Memories at Celebration
The word “trailblazers” was used to describe women veterans during the Women’s History Month event March 23 at the NAS Jacksonville chapel. This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is “Working to form a more perfect union: honoring women in public service and government.” The event was sponsored by the Multicultural Awareness Committee and featured seven female veteran speakers. Learn More*
Women Veterans Should Expect Highest Standard of Care from VA
When the U.S. military opened up all combat positions to women earlier this year, there were already more than 200,000 women — including me — serving in our armed forces. That number will grow as more women answer the call to serve. After we have done our duty and return home as veterans, what kind of life should we expect? Learn More*
Forging the Way: Vietnam Women Veterans Receive Recognition, 50-year Coins and Pins
Nearly 40 women veterans of the Vietnam War gathered in the Veterans Affairs (VA) Theater on Wednesday, March 16, to receive recognition of their service with a ceremony that included keynote speaker Ret. Col. Wanda Wright, director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, the first woman appointed to the position. Learn More*
Celebrating Women's History Month at the Bedford VA: The Angel of Veterans: Edith Nourse Rogers
As part of its celebration of Women’s History Month, the Bedford Veteran’s Hospital gave the community a chance to get to know its namesake, Edith Nourse Rogers. Dr. Patricia Fontaine, Clinical Associate Professor at UMass Lowell, shared her passion for Mrs. Rogers, discussing her background, her many accomplishments, and the historical context in which she worked. Learn More*
Air Force's First Woman Four-Star General Assessses a Changing Military
As Janet Wolfenbarger stepped off the bus taking her to the U.S. Air Force Academy, she saw the sign that said simply: "Bring Me Men."
Wolfenbarger was in the first class of women entering the Air Force Academy in June 1976 when the military finally allowed females to apply to the service academies. On the ramp leading to the cadet training area was the sign, adapted from an 1893 poem. Learn More*
'Censored on Final Approach' Remembers Flying Women of WWII
While Defense Secretary Ash Carter officially opened all combat roles in the U.S. military to women last December, that doesn't mean the new recruits will be greeted with hugs all around. In fact, a 2012 survey found that two of three male Marines and one of three female Marines opposed opening combat roles to women, The Washington Post reported earlier this month. Learn More*
Central Texas Group Allows Women Veterans to Give Back to the Community
Women veterans have spent the month of March celebrating the VA’s campaign “I’m One. I Served. I’m a Veteran.”
Last week, the group took photos of female veterans who came through the hospital lobby at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple. On Wednesday, they were back at the VA sorting through those photos and sharing information. Learn More*
Civilian Live Offers Multiple Challenges for Women Veterans in Duval: Survey Results Released
For women veterans in Duval County, finding adequate employment, financial stresses and mental health challenges are the leading barriers to building successful civilian lives after military service, according to the results of a recent survey. Learn More*
Women Veterans Can Find a Mentor Through American Corporate Partners
American Corporate Partners announced Monday a new mentoring program focusing solely on female veterans.
ACP and the Army Reserve signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the Women's Veteran Mentoring Program initiative that offers yearlong mentorships for transitioning female service members who have served at least 180 days since 9/11. Learn More*
Bound by the Uniform
Mary Bandini said it’s not uncommon for complete strangers to approach her and her husband when they see the U.S. Air Force sticker on the back of her car.
It is also not uncommon, she said, for those same people to drive her to “tears of fury” by belittling or dismissing her service to her country because she’s a woman. Learn More*
Vietnam-era Women Veterans: The Unknown Trauma
There were approximately 265,000 women who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War, with nearly 11,000 serving in parts of Southeast Asia. A new study is showing the lingering psychological effects their service has caused. Learn More*
Editorial: New Health Center for Connecticut's Women Veterans is Something to Cheer About
The Veterans Affairs Connecticut Medical Center in West Haven recently opened a more visible and accessible space dedicated to the health and welfare of female veterans.
The old space was located in the basement, where drab, industrial walls and corridors offered little welcome for female veterans seeking treatment. But the new space represents a huge shift in the delivery of care for female veterans. Learn More*
John Paradis: The Long History of Women in Combat in US
March is women’s history month but this past December, when Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that the Pentagon would open all combat jobs to women, I immediately thought that history had finally caught up to our government. Learn More*
Women Veterans Talk About Assault, Bias and Identity Crisis
They feel invisible.
Eight women veterans talked about glass ceilings, sexual assault in the military, sexism and other inequities in a Camarillo roundtable Thursday.
They talked most of all about a society that doesn't always seem to get that an estimated 2 million women served the country, many in combat. Learn More*
Mammography Added to Gainesville VA
It's a one-stop shop for one women's health clinic in North Central Florida. Mammography's are the latest addition to the VA hospital in Gainesville.
East Texans Raise Money for Cause Hoping to End Veteran Homelessness
There are currently 1.8 million women serving in the military, but what happens when it’s time to come home?
“When a woman comes back from the service between ages 18 to 44, there are 95% shelters that do not accept veteran women and that is unacceptable,” said Debra Christian, district 2 commander. Learn More*
First Lady Asks Women Veterans to Share Their Stories
First lady Michelle Obama wants women veterans to talk about themselves more.
“(Your stories) are so worth telling, and our girls, our granddaughters need to hear them,” she told a packed Statuary Hall during a Women’s History Month event at the Capitol on Wednesday. “If you are a woman veteran, if you have worn the uniform and served bravely, I want to ask you to stand tall.” Learn More*
First Women Thunderbird Pilot Helping to Showcase Women Veterans' Stories
She blazed the trail for future female fighter pilots who dream of flying for the Air Force’s elite Thunderbirds air demonstration team at Nellis Air Force Base.
Now Col. Nicole Malachowski is helping first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, founders of the Joining Forces Initiative, promote a social media campaign, #WomenVets, to showcase stories of women veterans. Learn More*
Women Vets Face Bigger Challenges After Military Service
Women make up a growing segment of the U.S. military but face unique challenges when they return to civilian life, experts say.
They have a higher national unemployment rate than their male peers when they try to join the workforce (8.3 percent compared with 6.9 percent). This is the opposite of the civilian workforce, where fewer women are jobless compared to men. Learn More*
Busy Tenino Mom is Ms. Veteran America, Representing Generations of Women Soldiers
When Capt. Kerri Turner made up her mind to compete for a title that would make her a symbol of the modern woman veteran, she called on the stories of female soldiers who came before her.
She wove a narrative linking women who’ve served on the front lines from the days of the American Revolution to today’s battlefields in Afghanistan. Her monologue stole the show and helped her earn the ceremonial role of Ms. Veteran America 2015. Learn More*
Women Pilots Unit Gains Support in Congress for Right to Arlington Burials
Shortly after Elaine D. Harmon died last April at the age of 95, her family found a letter in a fireproof box with explicit instructions: She wanted her ashes placed at Arlington National Cemetery. Learn More*
How Pharmacists Can Better Serve Older Women Veterans
Totaling more than 2 million, women comprise the fastest-growing group within the veteran population.
Pharmacists in Texas, California, Virginia, and Georgia may be more likely to encounter female veterans in their practice settings, given that these states have the highest numbers of women veterans, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Learn More*
Things People Say to Women Veterans
Over the years, I’ve experienced several laughable moments by the things people say to me and my fellow female veterans. Sometimes it can be really frustrating to be on the receiving end of the unrealistic views of family and friends regarding our military service, our jobs and the very real danger every American soldier faces, regardless of gender. Learn More*
Women in the Armed Forces: Where Can We Go From Here?
I’m always interested in new developments - be they locations, events, or legislatures - that affect my fellow veterans. This holds true whether the news is good or bad, and I’ve written about a number of different issues that today’s veterans are currently facing. Learn More*
The Women Pilots We Betrayed
DURING World War II, Elaine Danforth Harmon was stationed at an Army air base in Las Vegas. Her job was to fly a two-seat aircraft with men who had been overseas and needed a refresher course in “instrument flying” — navigating by compass and altimeter, instead of by the landscape. Ms. Harmon served as a lookout “to make sure that we didn’t run into any other airplanes,” she told me. Learn More*
StoryCorps Seeks Women Veterans to Talk Life and War
If you’re a military veteran, chances are you’ve had unique experiences — and StoryCorps wants to hear them.
StoryCorps — a nonprofit oral history project that records and archives stories from anyone who wants to share them — will be holding interviews for its ongoing Military Voices Initiative Project on March 6-8 on the 10th floor of the IT-oLogy Building at 1301 Gervais St. Learn More*
The Department of Veterans Affairs Has a Lot of Catching Up to do for Women Vets
Women can now serve in all military jobs, combat roles included, which means that more and more veterans are going to be female. Which means that the Department of Veterans Affairs and its medical system have an awful lot of work to do to prepare. Learn More*
Editorial: Brownley's Legislation Raises Awareness of Suicides Among Women Veterans
Rep. Julia Brownley has won unanimous House approval of her first solo piece of legislation. It will come as no surprise to those who have followed her career in Washington that it is focused on veterans.
The Westlake Village Democrat introduced a House resolution about the growing problem of women veterans' suicides. It was passed by the House on Tuesday. If the Senate passes its version, then the two bills will be matched, re-approved by the two houses and sent to the president. Learn More*
Is the VA Ready for an Influx of Women Veterans?
It's been a big few months for women in the armed forces. In December, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that for the first time, all military jobs would be open to women—including elite combat positions. On February 4, following the advice of top officials in the Army and Marine Corps, House Republicans introduced legislation that would require women to register for the draft. Learn More*
Study of Women Veterans Suicide Would Be Required, Under New Legislation
The Veterans Affairs Department needs to better understand the problem of suicide among female veterans and determine how best to treat at-risk women, according to a bill passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
The Female Veterans Suicide Prevention bill, HR 2915, would require VA to identify mental health and suicide prevention programs that are most effective for women veterans, who die by suicide at six times the rate of nonveteran women. Learn More*
Bill to Help Vets with Mental Healthcare Passes House
A bill that helps service members get access to better physical and mental health care has cleared the House of Representatives. The measure, the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act, was partially inspired by a Coronado soldier who killed himself in 2013. Learn More*
Air Force Vet: VA is Committed to Women Veterans
Shortly after retiring from a 29-year career in the military, U.S. Air Force Veteran Jackie Murdock pulled into a congested parking lot of what was then known as the Dunedin, Fla. Community Based Outpatient Clinic. She managed to find what seemed to be the last parking spot, shut off the engine and preceded through the clinic entrance.
Once inside, she quickly became engulfed by the sounds of the busy clinic. As she made her way to check-in for her first appointment, it became very apparent to her that she was the only female patient in the building. Learn More
House Passes Bill Focused on Mental Health of Women Veterans
Under a House bill passed Tuesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs would have to look closely at whether its mental health and suicide prevention programs meet the needs of the growing number of female veterans.
A study released over the summer found that women who have served in the military commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of those in the civilian population. Learn More*
Local VA Event Highlights Programs for Women
When retired Army veteran Christana Frazier, moved to Tuscaloosa in 1996 from Texas, she went to the Tuscaloosa Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center to receive care.
She said in that time, the VA didn’t quite know what to do with women veterans, but now the VA offers a multitude of women’s programs. Learn More*
VA Offering Specialized Program for Women Veterans
There's a growing number of women veteran, so more programs designed specifically for them are being created, but not a lot of women veterans know about them or think they qualify.
This past year, the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain and its outpatients clinics served over 1,100 female patients. Their goal is to enhance women's health care by offering specialized programs. Learn More*
Cleveland VA Will 'Go Red for Women' Friday
The Cleveland VA Medical Center is joining the nation in celebrating National Go Red Day to educate women Veterans about the risks of heart disease – the leading cause of death in American women and women Veterans, according to the American Heart Association. Learn More*
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*