Advocacy/Outreach News

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Military Women’s Organizations Unite to Form National Coalition

Friday, September 7, 2018 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

On September 7, 2018, an Advisory Group comprised of leading national and regional military women’s organizations began the formation of “a coalition of like-minded groups to battle the continued marginalization women face within the military and after their service. The unprecedented national gathering of military women’s groups will form a coalition with the goal of elevating the voices of the 2.2 million current service women and women veterans to bring about policy and culture change within the military and the veteran communities.“

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services Releases 2017 Report

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) released its 2017 annual report. The Committee advises the Defense Department on matters and policies relating to women in U.S. armed forces.

Nationwide Baby Shower for Veterans May 7-11, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting the first-ever “Nationwide Baby Shower for Veterans” in May, 2018. The VA Center for Women Veterans posted the following:

‘This week-long event will take place at 60 VA Medical across the country from May 7-11, 2018, the week leading up to Mother’s Day on May 13. So far, over 2,400 new Veteran parents and new Veteran parents-to-be have signed up to participate! Here’s where we need your help. In order to provide a uniform experience to our new Veteran parents, we developed a sweet and sensible new baby package containing a variety of useful baby products: a diaper bag, new baby toiletries, hair brush and comb set, bib, layette, blanket, and hat. Just $50 will purchase a new baby kit full of terrific items to be delivered to the Veteran at their local Baby Shower. There are three ways you can help!‘

Visit the VA Center for Women Veterans web page for more details including how you can help and the dates and locations of the baby showers.

White House VA Hotline Now Fully Staffed and Operational Around the Clock to Serve Nation’s Veterans (1-855-948-2311)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

Hotline Phone Number: 1-855-948-2311

The White House hotline “is VA’s first non-clinical, non-emergency around-the-clock call center. It provides Veterans a supplemental option to report issues if they are not being addressed through VA’s normal customer service channel.” It is staffed by veterans and veteran family members 365 days a year, 24 hours a Day.

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.

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.

2017 National Women Veterans Summit: Links to All Presentations & Events

Friday, August 25, 2017 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

Visit this page for all links to the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit webinars, presentations, plenary and breakout sessions, documents and other summit events. The summit was held in Houston, Texas and unfortunately, was curtailed due to Hurricane Harvey.

2017 National Women Veterans Summit in Houston, TX August 25, 2017 Only (August 26th Cancelled Due to Hurricane)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting a national women veterans summit in Houston, Texas on August 25, 2017. The summit intends to provide a venue for women veterans, caregivers, private industry, nonprofit organizations, government, innovators, and researchers to identify challenges, opportunities, and best practices to inform future health and benefits for women with military service. Training, information, and guidance about navigating VA and community resources will also be offered.

Women veterans share many of the same challenges as male veterans along with some differing experiences. Today 10% of veterans are women and expected to increase to 15% by 2030. They are younger and more ethnically diverse than their male peers.

The VA's most recent women veterans summit was hosted in Washington D.C. in 2011.

IAVA "She Who Borne the Battle Campaign"

Monday, March 20, 2017 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America veteran service organization launched their "She who Borne the Battle" campaign on March 20, 2017 to recognize and improve services for women with military service. Their effort is a 4-phased initiative that includes securing sponsors for the Deborah Sampson Act (S. 681).

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