VA to conduct nationwide series of events to celebrate women Veterans

Experts to discuss benefits and answer women Veterans’ questions


VA will conduct a series of one-day events to raise awareness and celebrate the stories of women Veterans. The events, to be held in five locations across the country, will provide an overview of services and benefits available to women Veterans. Experts will be available to answer Veterans’ questions, and exhibitors will share information on their many resources.

“We have found that our women Veterans often put the needs of others’ first,” said Elisa Basnight, Director of VA’s Center for Women Veterans. “We encourage them to make themselves a priority, to learn about the benefits and services which they’ve earned through their dedicated service. We are bringing our experts to them, where they are.”

VA staff, as well as local community supporters and agencies that assist women Veterans, will be available for face-to-face interaction. All VA facilities are encouraged to participate in activities to celebrate and honor the women who answered the nation’s call.

The scheduled events and local activities are part of a new national VA campaign, Women Veterans: Celebrating Our Stories of Service, which launched in late March 2015. The vision for the national VA campaign was born out of the realization that when our women Veterans from all eras and generations surrender the uniform, they retain the intangible—that combination of resolute resilience and the unbeatable skills they will incorporate into their reintegration and readjustment process. Through this campaign, the Center for Women Veterans will be engaged in going to these Veterans to raise the awareness of VA’s commitment to them, and to facilitate the conversation around what more needs to be done in serving the unique needs of women Veterans.

The sessions for women Veterans will be held between June and September at the following locations:

  • St. Petersburg, FL – June 12, 2015
  • San Diego (Oceanside), CA – July 10, 2015
  • Houston, TX – August 7, 2015
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – September 14, 2015
  • Washington, DC – September 22, 2015

Women Veterans represent one of the fastest growing segments of the Veterans population—about 9.2 percent of the total Veterans population. Today there are an estimated 2 million women Veterans nationwide. VA continues to improve benefits and services for women Veterans and is diligently transforming its culture to embrace this growing population, through other collaborative initiatives with federal/state/local governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.

For more information about VA’s women Veterans campaign and VA’s commitment to women Veterans, visit


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  1. Diane Klind    

    Good Morning are there going to be any others. It would be nice to attend one of these but they are not close to me. I think that it is Great that they are finally acknowledging that women who have served are just as important. Thank You

  2. Ethel Data    

    I am writing on behalf of my mother who is a WWII Veteran. My mother needs help finding an assisted living facility where she can stay. The problem is she is on a very limited income & we cannot afford any facilities. My mother is 92, disabled & now has dementia. I am her daughter & unable to look after her & neither can my brother. My sister has just tried but it is not working. My Mother hates staying at my sisters & I know from past experience I cannot look after her. Are there any assisted living places from the VA or can you give me some direction because she cannot stay at my sister’s much longer. We need help & don’t know where to turn to. Her only insurance is Medicare Part A & gets medical treatment from the VA. She collects $1600 a month from Social Security & is unable to get medicaid because they say she makes too much money. My Mother believes she got her skin cancer from radiation poisoning when she watched the testing of the Atom Bomb. Her wound will not heal. I have just applied for VA Disability insurance for her but dont know what the decision will be or how long it takes to get a decision.

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