Women Veterans



“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world” – Marilyn Monroe.
There are 2.2 million living women Veterans who have laced up their boots for the United States Military.  Women represent 15% of today’s active duty military and 18% of guard and reserve forces (statistics from VHA). 
With more women serving in the military, the VA is beginning to change its healthcare model into one that will offer better services for those women.  Since 2000, the number of Women Veterans seeking treatment from the Veterans Health Administration has increased exponentially by 100%. 

Center for Women Veterans:

The Center for Women Veterans (CWV) is located in Washington, DC and was established by Congress in November of 1994.
Their mission is:
“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”
With more women veterans choosing to access health care with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), they report that there are still some barriers that need to be removed within the 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”.
The CWV is constantly discussing and researching new resources and issues that women veterans have faced and are currently facing.  The issues will range from employment, new partnerships, health services, and much more. 
The new Director, Kayla Williams, has been constantly updating the CWV’s “Messages from the Center”.  It is highly encouraged that all individuals who are women veterans or work with women veterans check out the following link as new blogs and messages are constantly being added:
The Center for Women Veterans welcomes comments and concerns regarding issues that women veterans are experiencing.  Their contact information is listed on their webpage at: http://www.va.gov/womenvet/cwv/index.asp

Notable Partnerships:

Department of Labor - https://www.dol.gov/vets/womenveterans/
Lean In - http://leanincircles.org/chapter/lean-in-women-veterans
eMentor - https://ementorprogram.org/about
Service Women Action Network - http://www.servicewomen.org/



Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov
Women Veterans Call Center – 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)
Center for Women Veterans – http://www.va.gov/womenvet/cwv/index.asp
Locate the nearest VA facility – www.va.gov/directory
Check VA eligibility – www.va.gov/heahteligibility
VA benefit information – https://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/
VA Homeless program – www.va.gov/homeless
VA Homeless Hotline – 1-877-4AIDVET (1-877-424-3838)
Veterans Crisis Hotline – 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
Access to eBenefits – www.ebenefits.va.gov
Access to My Health eVet – www.myhealth.va.gov
VA Apps for Mobile Devices – *Click here for attachment*

Message from the Women Veterans Representative:

Women Veteran Brochure - JPEG Inside

Women Veteran Brochure - JPEG Outside

Women Veteran Brochure - PDF

Additonal CyberSummit Blogs, Webcasts, and Future Presentations - Click Here

Center for Women Veterans 2017 CyberSummit - Women Veterans Health Research in VA (4 of 4)

Center for Women Veterans 2017 CyberSummit - Women Veterans Health Research in VA (3 of 4)

Center for Women Veterans 2017 CyberSummit - Women Veterans Health Research in VA (2 of 4)

Center for Women Veterans 2017 CyberSummit - Women Veterans Health Research in VA (1 of 4)

Center for Women Veterans 2017 CyberSummit - Women Veteran Reproductive Health Across the Life Course

Service Women Action Network (SWAN) 2016 Annual Report

Service Women Action Network Summit 2017

Women Veteran Summit Link - August 25-26th in Texas! Free Event!

Powerpoint Presentation from CWV Director, Kayla Williams, for NACVSO Conference 2017

Useful Information & Resources from Center For Women Veterans Director, 2017

Notes from Women Veterans Reception at 2017 Conference

Miscellaneous Women Veteran Resources Compilation

Women Veteran Population Sheet by State

March 2017 Message

March 2017 Update of Events

November 2016 Message

Center for Women Veterans Resources November 2016

October 2016 Message
For more information, please contact Jamytta Bell at Womens Vet Rep email.