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

Sister Veterans!

Happy Holidays. It has been an extremely busy year, but the Center has been working very hard to ensure that we continue to work on our sister Veterans behalf. Our efforts to ensure that we don’t see ourselves as invisible and that others do not see us as invisible is imperative. The question that I ask of you is simple - did you Serve? If your answer is yes - you are a Veteran. Our goal is to take that one step further and ensure that you apply for the benefits you earned and deserve. We can’t do this alone, I need your help to ask other sister Veterans – did you serve? If they say “yes” please take them by the hand and show them the way.

In November the CWV celebrated its 25th Anniversary. In that 25 years, the Center and the country have grown and changed dramatically. The VA Secretary was our guest speaker and he is a true advocate for women Veterans. We also hosted a Women Veterans Power Play Luncheon for 250 VA Women Veteran Employees. This event allowed the Center to bring together sister Veterans who serve Veterans, giving each the opportunity to meet each other, commiserate about their military service and talk about stuff.

We are so excited about everything 2020 will hold for women Veterans. It’s full steam ahead for the preparation of the 2020 CWV Women Veterans Summit – so please stay tuned for details and just know, you are all welcome! The summit will cover topics important to all sister Veterans. We can’t wait to see you!

I love working on behalf of you, my sister Veterans and we still have work to do and so I continue to ask - If you have served and/or know of a woman Veteran who has served and is NOT receiving VA benefits or services, please let us know. You can contact the Center for Women Veterans at (202) 461-6193 or via email 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! I hope that your days during this season are just what you want them to be and I look forward to our next meeting.

Happy Holidays,


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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

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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.