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A Salute to Vietnam-Era Women Veterans

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On March 24, 2016, the Center for Women Veterans hosted “A Salute to Vietnam-Era Women Veterans” at VA Central Office, Washington, DC.  As a Commemorative Partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration External link to a non-government website, the objectives of the salute was to engage a panel of women Veterans who served during the commemoration period of November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location.  The panelists included the Honorable Linda Spoonster Schwartz, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, Ms. Barbara Ward, Director, Center for Minority Veterans, Ms. Karen Vartan, VA’s Navigation, Advocacy & Community Engagement, and, Ms. Marsha Four, Vice President, Vietnam Veterans of America.  This program shows the many roles women in the military served during this era.  A grateful Nation thanks and honors our Vietnam Veterans.  View the event video »

Center for Women Veterans Partners on eMentoring for Women Veterans

I am pleased to announce that VA’s Center for Women Veterans is partnering with AcademyWomen’s eMentoring tool to empower and equip women Veterans in reaching their full potential, both personally and professionally.

AcademyWomen is offering all women Veterans, especially those transitioning in their lives or careers, FREE access to online mentorship support from Veteran (and non-Veteran) mentors, through its award-winning, web-based eMentor Leadership Program.  Read more »

Women Veterans honored at the Capitol

Women Veterans honored at the CapitolWomen Veterans gathered in Statutory Hall at the U.S. Capitol this week to be honored for their service by some of the most influential women in Washington.  On March 2, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hosted her annual Women’s History Month reception at the Capitol, which included remarks by first lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught.  Read more »

Ms. Mikelonis in 1970 and current day with Betty Mosely BrownCongratulations Margaret (Peggy) Mikelonis on your Upcoming Retirement

Peggy Mikelonis, VHA Women’s Health Services, has over 45 years of service to our nation.  In 1970, she joined the U.S. Army as an RN/1st Lieutenant with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1971-1972.  She has long been an advocate for women’s health and rights equity.  In her current position of Deputy Field Director, Peggy serves as a direct link from the field to the Women’s Health staff in VA Central Office.

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Peggy!

A Special Salute

Ms. Alyce Dixon on Memorial Day 2013“Thank you Ms. Alyce Dixon External link to a non-government website for the many lessons you shared with me.  The battle is won…rest in peace.”  Ms. Dixon was 108 years young and joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1943 with the 6888th Postal Battalion in England.

Photo taken at Quantico National Cemetery in 2013 and provided from the current Acting Director, Center for Women Veterans, Dr. Betty Moseley Brown.

VA Expanding the Services it Offers to Women

U.S. Army First Lt. Shaye Haver, center, and Capt. Kristen Griest, right, pose for photos with other female West Point alumni after an Army Ranger school graduation ceremony, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Fort Benning, Ga. Haver and Griest became the first female graduates of the Army's rigorous Ranger School, putting a spotlight on the debate over women in combat. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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 September 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.   The commitment of these women is a reminder of our nation’s duty to care for those who protect and defend America with a similar level of passion.  At Veterans Affairs, we are committed to providing the benefits and care our women Veterans deserve.  This means improving our services to them and doing all we can to make sure Veterans  history includes her story.

This month, Veterans Affairs’ Center for Women Veterans and the VA Women’s Health Group are launching a new initiative, “I’m One.”  The campaign focuses on developing identity and respect for women Veterans who often say they feel invisible and not acknowledged or respected for their service.  “I’m One” is also meant to encourage more women to self-identify with their Veteran status and to access the programs and services they have earned.  Read more » External link to a non-government website

U.S. Mint and VA’s Center for Women Veterans collaborate to offer jobs to Veterans

Women have served in the U. S. Armed Forces since the Revolutionary War.  Today, there are over two million women Veterans across the nation, representing 9.2 percent of the entire living Veterans’ population.  Women are one of the fastest growing segments of the overall Veteran population.  Read more »

Advisory Committee for Women Veterans

Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans met in Washington, DC, May 19-21, 2014.  The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs regarding the needs of women Veterans with respect to health care, rehabilitation, compensation, outreach, and other programs and activities administered by VA designed to meet such needs.  Read more »

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Join Forces

DOL and the CFPB launched the Financial Coaching Initiative, which was launched at DOL American Job Centers External link to a non-government website and community-centered non-profits across the country on May 20, 2014.  The launch featured remarks from Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and CFPB Director Richard Cordray, as well as other key program participants.  A recording will be available on the CFPB website External link to a government website.

Whether you’re a Veteran who has recently transitioned to life in the civilian world, or a consumer facing economic challenges, having a trusted, well-informed advisor can increase your odds of success.  The financial coaching initiative will provide guidance to recently-transitioned Veterans and vulnerable families in places where they’re already going for help.  DOL, along with the CFPB and more than two dozen non-profit social-services providers have joined forces to place 60 certified coaches in DOL American Job Centers and community-centered non-profits across the country.  These professionals will provide one-on-one free coaching to help these consumers craft a personalized plan for financial success.

Women Veteran’s Voices Google Hangout

You can watch the hour long YouTube “Explore VA RoundtableExternal link to a non-government website google hang out featuring a conversation between Dr. Patricia Hayes, Chief Consultant of Women’s Health Services, and 3 women Veterans.

Tribute to Student Veterans

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students, faculty, and alumni gathered on Monday to celebrate and honor student veterans at Harvard.  The evening kicked off with a panel discussion featuring HKS alumni and student veterans Elisa Basnight MPA 2007, Maura Sullivan MPP 2009, and Daniel Feehan MPP 2013.  The panel discussed the intersection of military service and public service, as well as the public and private sector.  Feehan talked about how his service in the Army led to him teaching middle school math through Teach for America, and then to work for the Department of Defense.  Read more » External link to a non-government website

New Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Coordinators In VA Benefit Offices

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently established a new MST Coordinator position at each of its Regional Benefit Offices.  Each Regional Benefit Office now has designated one male and one female MST Coordinator to assist Veterans filing disability claims related to MST.  View a list of these staff members.

New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

Four new members have been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises the Secretary on issues and programs affecting women Veterans.  Established in 1983, the Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary for administrative and legislative changes.  (04/02/2015)

The Affordable Care Act, VA, and You

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wants to help Veterans understand their options under the health care law (Affordable Care Act).  VA has an awareness campaign and a website, to let Veterans and other beneficiaries know what the health care law means for them and their families.  Veterans and beneficiaries receiving healthcare from VA will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when the requirement to have health care coverage takes effect next year.

Key points for Veterans about the health care law:

  • If a Veteran is enrolled in VA health care, they do not need to take any additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards.  If a Veteran is not currently enrolled in VA health care, they may apply for enrollment at any time.
  • Veterans and other beneficiaries not currently enrolled in VA health care can apply for enrollment at any time by visiting, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), or visiting their local VA health care facility.  VA’s health care system for Veterans has no enrollment fee, no monthly premiums and no deductibles.  Most Veterans also have no out-of-pocket costs, though some may have small copayments for some health care or prescription drugs.

Key points for family members of Veterans who are not eligible for VA health care:

  • Veterans’ family members who already receive healthcare coverage - through their employers, TRICARE, or even through certain VA programs - don’t need to take additional steps.
  • Veterans’ family members may get lower costs on monthly premium or out-of-pocket costs.  They could be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

For information about VA health care and the Affordable Care Act, VA encourages Veterans and family members to visit the newwebsite, or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Saturdays from 11a.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern Time.  The new website includes a Health Benefits Explorer, where Veterans can learn about the benefits they can receive if they enroll in VA care.

Advisory Committee for Women Veterans

Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans met in Washington, DC, September 23-25, 2014.  The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs regarding the needs of women Veterans with respect to health care, rehabilitation, compensation, outreach, and other programs and activities administered by VA designed to meet such needs.  Read more »

2014 Champions of Change

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the White House honored ten leaders who are “Women Veteran Leader Champions of Change.”  The event recognized women Veteran industry leaders, highlighting their incredible contributions to our nation's business, public, and community service sectors.  Read more »

Employment Tip - State Grassroots Veteran Employment Programs

Oftentimes, strategies that increase Veteran employment the most are shaped at the local community level.  This is one of the reasons why the Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program.  The U.S. Chamber works with state and local Chambers and businesses to hire Veterans right in their own communities.  There are a number of innovative State programs making a positive impact on Veteran employment.  Some examples include:

  • Virginia’s V3 (Virginia Values Vets) Program External link to a non-government website is a partnership to certify and assist employers looking to pledge, hire and retain Veterans.
  • The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) External link to a non-government website has a program to match Veterans and employers.
  • Employ Florida Vets External link to a non-government website developed their own online connection for Veterans and employers.
  • LAVETBIZ External link to a non-government website is a business initiative in Louisiana that was established to provide additional opportunities for Louisiana based Veteran (VSE) and service-connected disabled Veteran (DVSE) owned small business owners when they seek work with the State of Louisiana.
  • Operation Workforce External link to a non-government website in Georgia provides a marketplace for jobs, resources and services for Georgia Veterans.

View programs and services for Veterans.  These are great examples of public and private entities coming together to make a difference for our Veterans and their families.

Women Veterans Call Center: 1-855-VA-WOMEN