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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 »

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 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.

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 Roundtable” 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 »

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 is a partnership to certify and assist employers looking to pledge, hire and retain Veterans.
  • The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) has a program to match Veterans and employers.
  • Employ Florida Vets developed their own online connection for Veterans and employers.
  • LAVETBIZ 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 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.

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