Inside the Center for Women Veterans - Center for Women Veterans (CWV)
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Center for Women Veterans (CWV)


Inside the Center for Women Veterans

From the Desk of the Executive Director

Hello Sister Veterans,

July was a jam-packed month at the Center for Women Veterans (CWV)! We traveled nation-wide to attend Veteran events including the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (Juliet, TN); Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention and Disabled American Veterans National Convention (Orlando, FL); Infinity Speaks Veterans Resource Fair (Alexandria, VA); and the 2019 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Fair (Washington, D.C.). It was and is an honor to get out and meet so many of my fellow women Veterans – we are here to listen and connect with you in the areas that you need help in. If you need assistance navigating through your benefits and services at VA – we can help!

We are ready and excited for August, and we hope to see you while we are in Omaha, NE at the National Association of State Directors of VA and National Association of State Women Veterans Coordinators National Convention. We will also be in Louisville, KY for the American Veterans National Convention; in Dallas, TX while we are attending Blacks in Government and in Indianapolis, IN at the American Legion National Convention.

While we kick off August, our monthly theme is, “Women Veterans Celebrate Aging Well,” we will celebrate women Veterans aging well and comfortably and assist them with the services that they need most. VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial, you can find more information here:

If you are a women Veteran and/or know of a woman Veteran NOT receiving VA benefits or services, please let us know. You can contact the Center for Women Veterans at (202) 461-6193 or at, find us online at and on Facebook and Twitter using @VAWomenVets. Remember the VA is your Home, you earned it and you deserve it!

The best to you,


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Our Mission

The Center for Women Veterans was established by Congress in November 1994 by Public Law (P.L.) 103-446.

  • 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.
Our Leadership

Director, Center for Women Veterans
Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd

Deputy Director, Center for Women Veterans
Anna D. Crenshaw

Interested in making CWV a part of your event?  Request an CWV Speaker at your event.  Please complete the VA CWV Conference Invitation Request.  Requests can be emailed to  Please allow 10 business days for final decision.

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Our Activities
  • The Director serves as primary advisor to the Secretary on the Department policies, programs, and legislation that affect women Veterans.
  • Monitor and coordinate with internal VA offices on their delivery of benefits and services to women Veterans.
  • Liaison with other Federal agencies, state and local agencies and organizations, and non-government partners.
  • Serve as a resource and referral center for women Veterans, their family and their advocates.
  • Educate VA staff on women Veterans military contributions.
  • Ensure that outreach materials portray and target women Veterans with images, messages, and branding in the media.
  • Promote recognition of women Veterans’ military service and contributions by sponsoring activities and special events.
  • Coordinate meetings of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.
Past Activities
  • Pink Fridays - VA’s Center for Women Veterans recognized the strength and resiliency of Breast Cancer survivors by wearing pink on Fridays in October 2018.
  • 2017 National Women Veterans Summit
    It’s been a long time coming, but the 2017 National Women Veterans Summit is set and will take place in Houston, Texas.  The female Veteran population accounts for 10 percent of U.S. Veterans, and that number is expected to grow to 15 percent by 2030.
  • “State of Women Veterans” Social Media Campaign
    From September-November 2016, VA conducted a “State of Women Veterans” social media campaign during which we provided weekly segments to explore issues impacting women Veterans and what we are doing to support women Veterans as they face these issues.
  • 2015 Women Veterans Campaign
    The Center for Women Veterans led a Women Veterans Campaign.  The Campaign consisted of forums, sessions, and workshop events in the five VA Districts, from June through September 2015.  Events showcased benefits and services for women Veterans.
  • 2011 National Training Summit on Women Veterans
  • 2010 Forum on Women Veterans
    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs hosted “A Forum on Women Veterans,” to engage and educate Veterans service organizations and women Veteran advocates about enhancements in VA services for women Veterans.
Legislation Related to Women Veterans
  • P.L. 106-419 External link to a government website, “Veterans Benefits and Healthcare Improvement Act of 2000,” authorized special monthly compensation for women Veterans with a service connected mastectomy.  It also authorized benefits to children born of mothers who served in Vietnam and who have certain types of birth defects.
  • P.L. 107-330 External link to a government website, “Veterans Benefits Act of 2002,” authorized special monthly compensation for women Veterans who lost 25 percent or more of tissues from a single breast or both breast in combination (including loss by mastectomy or partial mastectomy) or has received radiation of breast tissues.
  • P.L. 108-422 External link to a government website, “Veterans Health Improvement Act&rduqo; authority permanently to extend Military Sexual Trauma counseling and treatment to active duty service members or active duty for training.
  • P.L. 110-186 External link to a government website, “Military Reservist and Veterans Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act” established a Women Veterans business Training Resource Program.
  • P.L. 111-163 External link to a government website, “Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010,” provides contract for a comprehensive study on barriers to health care for women Veterans, pilot program to provide group readjustment counseling in retreat settings for newly separated women combat Veterans, mandates inclusion of recently separated women on Advisory Committees for Women Veterans, and requires VHA to carry out a 2 year pilot program to assess feasibility and advisability of offering child care to Veterans.