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IAVA Launches First Veterans Month Effort

Saturday, November 4, 2017 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

IAVA is launching their first "Veterans Month," an organized schedule of events offered in four phases: Educate, Activate, Advocate, and Facilitate. Their actual and recommended activities calendar is posted on this site.

Women in Military Service for America Memorial Needs Donations to Remain Open

Saturday, November 4, 2017 | Category: History/Heritage - National

The "Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA), women veterans' memorial at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia faces closure nearly 20 years after it was chartered. Commonly known as the "Women's Memorial," it officially opened in October 1997. PRWeb notes that it is the "only national memorial to recognize and honor the service of America's almost 3 million military women who have proudly served since the American Revolution. Initially, Congress earmarked money for the Women's Memorial to assist with operating costs, but in 2010 the Congressional funding stopped." Since 2010, the memorial's doors remained open through personal donations. The "Women's Memorial," partnered with the Academy Women's Military Women eMentor Community to launch a fundraising campaign that began November 4, 2016 with a goal of raising $20 for every living woman veteran or $20 million dollars to keep the memorial open for the next 20 years and remain a "rallying point for current military women and a pilgrimage site for women veterans. The Memorial tells the story of women's service to over 150,000 visitors every year and almost 300,000 permanent registrations by current and veteran military women have been recorded and preserved for future generations." The campaign raised over $100,000.

The follow-on campaign hopes to raise $1.5 million. Please consider donating...every dollar makes a difference.

US Postal mail:
Please download and complete the Donation Form at: http://www.womensmemorial.org/PDFs/RegForm.pdf

Mail donation form to:
Women's Memorial Foundation
Dept. 560
Washington, DC 20042-0560

Other questions, call: 800-222-2294 or 703-533-1155

I Am a Veteran: VA Health and Other Benefits

Saturday, November 4, 2017 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers eligible veterans health, education, employment, and a host of other services and programs. This link is a good starting point to gain insight to what is available and application processes.

Be your own best advocate! Always apply for health care services by submitting the VA Form 10-10EZ and other compensation benefits by completing the VA Form 21-526EZ...allow the VA the opportunity to assess your eligibility. Steer clear of "barracks counseling." Every single veteran's service experience is different, requiring an individualized review.

National Veterans and Military Families Month

Saturday, November 4, 2017 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The President declared November as "Veterans and Military Affairs" Month. In the past, the nation observed a Veterans Day.

This site lists shared activities scheduled around the nation.

News: Department of Defense

Friday, October 27, 2017 | Category: Department of Defense - National

Current and past Department of Defense-released news is posted on this site with "word," "unit," "category," and "date" search capability.

News: U.S. National Guard

Friday, October 27, 2017 | Category: Department of Defense - National

Current and past U.S. National Guard-released news is posted on this site with search capability.

News: Department of Veterans Affairs

Friday, October 27, 2017 | Category: Department of Veterans Affairs - National

This link is focused on "Women Veteran" news. "VAntage Point" news is one way to keep up with some of what's happening in the Department of Veterans Affairs. At VAntage Point, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, they intend to stop "that same old way of communicating (or not communicating), toss it out the window, and be engaging not adversarial." See the VAntage "About" page. They want to provide women and men with military service, the nation's veterans, with information that will help and inform them. Their blog news includes a women veteran-focused article archive.

News: Protect Our Defenders

Friday, October 27, 2017 | Category: Military Justice - National

The "Protect Our Defenders News Blog" posts news relative to their day-to-day work with the "women and men in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members. Protect Our Defenders seeks to fix the military training, investigation and adjudication systems related to sexual violence and harassment--systems that often re-victimize assault survivors by blaming them while failing to hold perpetrators accountable."

They work with survivors, have an in-depth understanding of military process and procedure, and respectfully work with others to promote change from within. It is their belief that "it is a human right to work and live in a safe and respectful environment and fostering this environment within the military’s ranks will make the military more effective. Whether advocating for reform, filing a legal brief, providing legal support, or coordinating peer support for survivors; each project and activity manifests POD’s core values."

Nancy Parrish, Founder & CEO, is a human rights activist, philanthropist, and investor. POD President, Don Christensen, Colonel, USAF (Ret.) served as chief prosecutor for the United States Air Force between 2010 and 2014. He served as a trial counsel, defense counsel or military judge for every year of his 23-year career in the United States Air Force. His full bio is posted on the POD site.

News: Service Women's Action Network (SWAN)

Friday, October 27, 2017 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

Founded in 2007, the Service Women's Action Network's (SWAN) "goal is to ensure all service women have access to the information, tools and support they need to reach their personal and professional goals during and following their years of service." SWAN advocated for "opening all military jobs to service women, holding sex offenders accountable in the military justice system, eliminating barriers to disability claims for those who have experienced military sexual trauma, and expanding access to services for a broad range of reproductive healthcare services."

SWAN knows their "work has only just begun." Their Steering Committee includes active duty and veteran servicewomen.

News: Department of Veterans Affairs "Center for Women Veterans"

Friday, October 27, 2017 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The "Center for Women Veterans" posts "News for Women Veterans" on the page linked below. If you are interested in receiving automatic e-mail or text messaging updates, you can subscribe at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVA/subscriber/new?qsp=USVA_1.

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