Women Veterans Health Care
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*
Report Finds Serious Shortcomings in How VA Cares for Women Veterans
The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even as their number is rising dramatically, according to a new report.
The report, released Wednesday by the Disabled American Veterans, identified serious gender gaps in virtually every program serving veterans, including health care, job training, finance, housing, social issues and combatting sexual assault.
The advocacy group's report blamed most of the deficiencies on a disregard for the needs of female veterans, saying the VA and other agencies focus on "the 80 percent solution for men who dominate (veterans affairs) in both numbers and public consciousness." Learn More*
Women Veterans Are Veterans Too
My testimony was used to propagate the popular idea that veterans, especially females, are victims. We categorically are not.
I'd like to respond to the article "Female Vets Feel Left Behind" (U.S. News, Sept. 24) in which I was quoted. First, and most important, I am proud to have worn the uniform and to have served this great nation. My testimony was used to propagate the popular idea that veterans, especially females, are victims. We categorically are not. My struggle was one I went through for various reasons, just like everyone else who faces the difficulty of returning from war. Learn More*
Grand Opening Set for Women Veterans Health Center
The Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center, part of the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, announced the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Women Veterans’ Health Center is scheduled for Tuesday.
The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the main hospital, Suite A-151 across from the main entrance. Following the ribbon cutting, tours will be conducted and refreshments served until 3:30 p.m. Learn More*
Women Veterans Retreat at East Manatee Seek Help in Transitioning to Civilian Life
Women who serve in the military may come home with problems that include the trauma of sexual assault, as well as post-traumatic stress syndrome from serving in combat -- and a reluctance to seek help.
A first-time retreat being held in East Manatee this week is helping 15 of them face their issues, and transition back into society. Learn More*
VA Medical Center Reaching Out to Women
The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center has scheduled an open house for women veterans for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the west entrance of the hospital off Zorn Avenue. Learn More*
Women Veterans Conference to be Held in Spokane
Some 350 to 400 women veterans are expected Saturday in Spokane at the 2014 Women Veterans Summit to be held at the Convention Center.
The keynote speaker for the free conference is retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead. The conference will also include six workshops touching on the opportunities and challenges women veterans face today, along with providing information about benefits and services they might be entitled to, a news release from the Department of Veterans Affairs said. Learn More*
Volunteers' Efforts Benefit Haven House
When a local Bible study group was looking for a volunteer opportunity, a retired nurse from the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, Glenda Trammell, suggested the Haven House.
Women Veterans Feel Left Behind
When Devon Reyes returned from her first deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, she withdrew from family and friends.
"No amount of pamphlets or brochures would have enticed me to come out of my shell," said the Army veteran and mother of two, now 29 years old. She said she longed for camaraderie, but there was little opportunity to meet other female soldiers with similar experiences.
That isolation and lack of support... Learn More*
Free Conference for Women Veterans is Coming to Denver
Female veterans are one of the fastest-growing segments of the national veteran population, and Women Veterans of Colorado plans to help them at the group's annual conference, to be held Sept. 13.
The conference, called "Pathways to Self Sufficiency," is free and will offer nine different classes in three categories — self sufficiency, wellness, and employment — with special focus on female entrepreneurs, employment, financial literacy, and self care. Learn More*
State Agency Looking at Number of Women Veterans
From 1995 to 1998, Yvonne Betron served as a U.S. Marine.
But it wasn’t until 2012, when she went to work for the Nevada Department of Veterans Services that she realized how many benefits were available for veterans in general and women in particular to help with housing, disability, emergency assistance, tax assistance and other issues.
Betron now is coordinator of the Nevada Women Veterans Advisory Committee and is trying to locate all the women in the state who have served in the armed forces so they can learn about benefits and other help. She hopes Nevada women veterans will fill out a survey the committee has devised to not only count them, but find out how they’re doing and what they need. Learn More*
Oldest Woman Veteran Gets Trip to DC
At 108, Lucy Coffey has one final wish, and she's going to get it, even though plans for her flight to Washington, D.C., had to be changed.
The nation's oldest woman veteran will fly from San Antonio to Washington on an American Airlines flight Friday, tour the nation's monuments the next day and then go to the White House.
No one knows for sure, but it is possible that Coffey, a longtime San Antonian who holds two Bronze Stars for her service in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, will meet President Barack Obama. Learn More*
First Woman to Assume Command of Billings National Guard Troops
History will be made at the Montana Army National Guard Armory, 2915 Gabel Road, on Sunday when Maj. Renea Dorvall is formally installed as the first female commander of the 190th Combat Service Support Battalion.
Dorvall’s installation marks the first time that a female has been appointed commander of one of the four deployable Montana Army National Guard battalions. Learn More*
Motivating Women Veterans to Start Businesses
Entrepreneurship often requires a creative approach, breaking new ground and coloring outside the lines. For this reason military veterans, accustomed to a strict chain of command and clear-cut rules and regulations, can find it difficult to make the transition to independent business ownership.
For women, it can be even harder--and their service numbers are significant. Women represent about 15 percent of today's active-duty military, 20 percent of reservists, 16 percent of the National Guard and 20 percent of new recruits, according to Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). Learn More*
Babies at the VA: Lessons Learned from Maternity Care for Veterans
Historically, and with rare exception, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides care for veterans only , not their families. So, if a woman veteran gave birth, the VA covered the mom’s medical bills, but not her baby’s.
It took a lot of lobbying and an Act of Congress, but a few years ago newborns with veteran moms became eligible for up to seven days of hospital care. Learn More*
Women Veterans Face Own Struggles to Enter Civilian Workforce
Kate Logan wanted to get her hands dirty when she joined the U.S. Army in 2005. So the Oxford native became a diesel mechanic.
Fast forward eight years. Logan leveraged her military experience into a career that is just taking shape, as the mother of three (with a fourth on the way) wraps up a master's degree focused in health care.
She also still changes her own oil, she noted.
People often assume that after the shudder of mortar shells in Baghdad — the daily proving ground of a male-dominated workforce and marathon 15-month Middle East deployments — that a civilian life would be easy peasy.
They're wrong, Logan said. Learn More*
From Fatigues to Fabulous
Watch this YouTube video, From Fatigues to Fabulous as it celebrates women Veterans. Watch Here*
A Tribute to Women Veterans
Over 50 years ago, like many graduating high school seniors, I was preparing to enter U.S. military service the day before Memorial Day, also referred to as “Decoration Day.” By tradition, as long as I can remember, the holiday was celebrated to pay tribute to military veterans who never returned home or were injured from their service.
This year, Memorial Day will take on a new twist locally. “Military Women” will highlight the agenda thanks to the efforts of the local planning committee, sponsors and the leadership of the Pueblo Veterans Council member organizations. Learn More*
Military Women Remember Veterans
California to Vote on Veterans Housing Programs
California voters weary of wading through a thicket of confusing state ballot measures in every election will get a welcome respite in the June primary.
A $600-million affordable housing program for veterans and a proposal that would require local governments to pick up the tab for public access to agency meetings and records are the only two statewide measures before voters.
The veterans housing measure — Proposition 41 — would allow the state to provide low-interest loans and other financial assistance to local governments, nonprofits and developers to provide affordable housing to veterans and their families. A portion of the funds would go toward providing transitional housing to homeless veterans. Learn More*
A Gap in Service Delivery for Women Veterans
With the Department of Veterans Affairs under scrutiny over allegations of treatment delays in several states, She The People wanted to get the lay of the land in terms of female veterans, who are among the fastest-growing segments of the veteran population. Learn More*
Tapping Hidden Talent Pools: How to Hire Women Veterans into Great Careers
According to U.S. Census data, while women comprise 10 percent of veterans, they comprise 13 percent of veterans in today’s civilian workforce. Clearly, women veterans are succeeding in civilian careers despite the fact that they still face higher unemployment than male veterans and female non-veterans. Like their male counterparts, women veterans bring an incredible wealth of leadership, technology skills and experience to the civilian workforce. This is an untapped talent pool from which employers across the U.S can and should benefit.
How can we recruit female veteran job seekers if so many choose to remain incognito?
Create a safe environment for women veterans to share highlights about the skills and experience they attained during their military service.
Showcase photos and testimonials from women veteran employees in recruitment marketing materials. Use terminology such as “military service” in lieu of “veteran” which may resonate better with women who served.
Create communities to connect women veteran employees and engage them as recruitment ambassadors.
Dispel myths that hiring managers may have about the availability and qualifications of female veterans. Now you have the data to overcome the common objection of “but there aren’t many women veteran applicants out there!”
Women Veterans to Get Dedicated Assistance
The state’s female veterans will have a program and a liaison dedicated to their issues under a law that takes effect July 1.
Senate Bill 354 creates the Hoosier Women Veterans Program and authorizes the state to hire a coordinator to oversee the program.
The program is meant to help the more than 37,000 female veterans in Indiana learn about the services available to them and assess what special needs they might have.Learn More*
Women Vets: A Soldier's Story
Host Val Zavala brings you the story of Angie Peacock, an Army veteran who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and sexual assault. Peacock talks about overcoming the various stages of her life while coping with addiction, depression, and a failed marriage.
In this 2009 "SoCal Connected" story, Peacock documents her journey as she enrolls in a specialized 12-week sexual trauma program called Renew at Long Beach Veterans Affairs. Learn More*
Michelle Howard Becomes Navy's First Female Four Star Admiral
The U.S. Navy has promoted Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to admiral, making her the first female four-star officer in the Navy's 236-year-history, the White House said Tuesday.
Howard, who was the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship, will become vice chief of naval operations, according to her online Navy biography.
"Her historic career is taking a next step today," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Learn More*
Years Home, Connecticut Women Iraq Veterans Endure Wounds of War
It’s been nine years since Eunice Ramirez served in Iraq, but she still suffers from war wounds — post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, respiratory problems and frequent crying triggered by her memories.
Suzanna Smaldone, who also returned home from Iraq in 2005, lives in constant pain and can’t bring herself to talk about her war injuries. Learn More*
Empowering Military Women When They Return Home
Video Clip: Veterans who started their own businesses after struggling to find work weigh in. Learn More*
VA Dedicates New Women's Clinic at Togus
Maine has more than 10,000 women who are military veterans, and they finally have a special clinic at the Togus VA hospital. The clinic was made official today, as veteran Ruby Gilmore –who served just after the Korean War – joined U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Rep. Mike Michaud to cut the ribbon. Learn More*
Remember the Women Veterans
This is Army Week, the 239th anniversary of the Army's founding, and it offers an opportunity to recognize the extraordinary service of female veterans such as myself 2.2 million and counting and the unique challenges we face on active duty and after we leave the service. Women in the military services once were limited to support roles and not assigned to front line combat.
But while most women in uniform still occupy support roles — such as critically important jobs in aircraft maintenance, logistics and communications — the fact is that in modern wars like ours in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are no front lines. I am one of many female veterans who have been wounded in firefights and have returned home with physical and psychological injuries. There is nothing unusual about women in combat anymore. Learn More*
Green Fields: Women Veterans Can Learn About Farming
Iowa female veterans interested in farming can socialize with other vets, learn about programs that will help them overcome challenges and catch a screening of Terra Firma, a one-hour documentary featuring three female veterans who are now farming.
The Women, Food and Agriculture Network events are free and begin at 6 p.m. The events will be Tuesday at Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside, 401 N.E. 66th Ave., Des Moines and Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 50 Second Ave. Bridge, Cedar Rapids. Sonia Kendrick, a Cedar Rapids resident and one of the vets featured in the documentary, will be present at Wednesday’s event. Learn More*
A Force Multiplier for Women Veterans
Local female military veterans will find a venue to air their concerns in September at a retreat geared specifically to their needs.
The retreat will be the first of its kind in Southwest Florida, organizers say, and the planning committee's military consultant Georgie Alfano hopes that it will not be the last.
Co-organized by the Sarasota County Veteran's Commission and nonprofit Professionals Assisting Military, Family, and Friends, the event will be a community effort.
Alfano first noticed a discrepancy in the way male and female veterans were treated when she began bringing her long-time boyfriend to events.
“People would shake his hand and not mine,” Alfano said with disbelief. “At first, I didn't say a word, but after too many times, I would tell them, 'I'm the veteran, he never served.' ” Learn More*
Veteran Sings Tribute to Women Veterans
I was raised in the small town of Gordon, Texas. I joined the Air Force when I was 17, and went to basic training two weeks after graduating from high school. I started out in law enforcement, but due to a shoulder injury in tech school, I had to cross-train into transportation.
My first duty station was Castle Air Force Base, California, nestled in the beautiful San Joaquin Valley. While at Castle, I served as the fleet analyst, and upon reenlistment, cross-trained into training management. I managed training for the 328th and 34th Bomb Squadrons. I loved seeing those big, beautiful, magnificent bombers take off and return.
As a training manager, I was not in a deployable position, but provided support at the base level. I lost friends in Desert Storm and did what I could to welcome others back home and provide support to the families left behind. While stationed at Castle, I started my little family with two children – a girl and a boy. This gave me such an appreciation and admiration for those who have had to leave their family behind. Learn More
Coordinator at the VA Talks About Veteran Services
Joy Finkelson, Military Sexual Trauma coordinator from the St. Cloud VA Health Care System, spoke at a recent Downtown Kiwanis Club meeting about the services offered for military personnel who were victims of sexual trauma and about the Clothesline Project.
Finkelson said that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 100 men have reported they were the victims of military sexual trauma. She said sexual assault in the military is more likely to result in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder than most other types of trauma. The VA offers free treatment for military sexual trauma-related mental and health conditions. Learn More*
Defending the Honor of Women in the Military
Women make up 8% of U.S. veterans, a number that is expected to double by 2035. Nyack’s Anngela Vasser-Cooper is leading the charge to secure recognition and services for local women veterans. As part of that mission, Vasser-Cooper will mobilize a group from Hudson Valley to the Women in Military Service Memorial in Washington, DC on June 19.
You might be surprised by what the former medical social worker for the Veteran’s Administration thinks about the resignation of Veteran’s Secretary General Eric Shinseki. You will be shocked to learn the cause of one of the most devastating and recurring wounds suffered by women who serve our nation in uniform and the culprits inflicting that injury. Learn More*
York City Legislator Wants Study for Women Veterans
As a Veterans Affairs scandal plays out nationwide, a local lawmaker is among a group that wants to form a task force to study the health care issues unique to women veterans. While soldier health care is the purview of the federal government, Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, said the state Legislature could work with national legislators to further the findings of the study.
Schreiber plans to introduce a resolution — a counterpart to a Senate resolution — to create a group and issue a report by Nov. 30 on quality and access to health care.
The legislation was one of several initiatives unveiled Tuesday at the Capitol by the legislature's bipartisan Women's Health Caucus. The group announced its first phase of legislation last year, with Tuesday's attention locked on seven new measures that caucus co-chairman Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said focus on the goal of putting women's concerns before politics.Learn More*
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Since 1988, when the home at 2408 E. Broadway came under the supervision of the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, numerous local groups have given their time, talents and money to enhance this safe haven for women whose veteran family members are receiving treatment here. Learn More*
Like any residence, it always has something that needs to be fixed, updated or renovated. Haven House was a perfect match for this group’s energetic spirit and generous nature.