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Center for Women Veterans (CWV)

 

Inside the Center for Women Veterans

Center for Women Veterans - Pride, Patriotism, Service

Messages from the Center

Women are one of the fastest growing subgroup of Veterans, and we are signing up for VA health care and benefits at higher rates than ever before.  However, women frequently report that they feel invisible as Veterans, both within and outside VA.  That’s why one of the core components of the mission of the Center for Women Veterans is to advocate for cultural transformation to raise awareness about the service and sacrifice of women Veterans.  We will share stories of interest to women Veterans and supporters here on a regular basis.  Please check back often, or sign up to receive updates.  Together, we can ensure our voices are heard and our stories are recognized as an integral part of American history.

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Our Mission

The Center for Women Veterans was established by Congress in November 1994 by Public Law (P.L.) 103-446.

  • Monitor and coordinate VA’s administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans.
  • Serve as an advocate for a cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military.
  • Raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.
Our Leadership

How to Contact Us

Email:  00w@va.gov

Our Activities
  • The Director serves as primary advisor to the Secretary on the Department policies, programs, and legislation that affect women Veterans.
  • Monitor and coordinate with internal VA offices on their delivery of benefits and services to women Veterans.
  • Liaison with other Federal agencies, state and local agencies and organizations, and non-government partners.
  • Serve as a resource and referral center for women Veterans, their family and their advocates.
  • Educate VA staff on women Veterans military contributions.
  • Ensure that outreach materials portray and target women Veterans with images, messages, and branding in the media.
  • Promote recognition of women Veterans’ military service and contributions by sponsoring activities and special events.
  • Coordinate meetings of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.
Legislation Related to Women Veterans
  • P.L. 106-419 External link to a government website, “Veterans Benefits and Healthcare Improvement Act of 2000,” authorized special monthly compensation for women Veterans with a service connected mastectomy.  It also authorized benefits to children born of mothers who served in Vietnam and who have certain types of birth defects.
  • P.L. 107-330 External link to a government website, “Veterans Benefits Act of 2002,” authorized special monthly compensation for women Veterans who lost 25 percent or more of tissues from a single breast or both breast in combination (including loss by mastectomy or partial mastectomy) or has received radiation of breast tissues.
  • P.L. 108-422 External link to a government website, “Veterans Health Improvement Act&rduqo; authority permanently to extend Military Sexual Trauma counseling and treatment to active duty service members or active duty for training.
  • P.L. 110-186 External link to a government website, “Military Reservist and Veterans Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act” established a Women Veterans business Training Resource Program.
  • P.L. 111-163 External link to a government website, “Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010,” provides contract for a comprehensive study on barriers to health care for women Veterans, pilot program to provide group readjustment counseling in retreat settings for newly separated women combat Veterans, mandates inclusion of recently separated women on Advisory Committees for Women Veterans, and requires VHA to carry out a 2 year pilot program to assess feasibility and advisability of offering child care to Veterans.
Past Activities
  • 2015 Women Veterans Campaign
    The Center for Women Veterans led a Women Veterans Campaign.  The Campaign consisted of forums, sessions, and workshop events in the five VA Districts, from June through September 2015.  Events showcased benefits and services for women Veterans.
  • 2011 National Training Summit on Women Veterans
  • 2010 Forum on Women Veterans
    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs hosted “A Forum on Women Veterans,” to engage and educate Veterans service organizations and women Veteran advocates about enhancements in VA services for women Veterans.
 
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