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

My Dear Sister Veterans,

During this really tough time, my hope is that this message finds you and your loved ones safe, in good health and spirits and coping well. I’ve decided to use this time to practice all of the guidance recommended to stay myself healthy and in doing so, keep others in my household healthy and safe as well. Besides teleworking, I’m also using the time to reflect on the kindness of family and friends doing what I can to lift their spirits, getting back up to speed on my cooking, and purging items around the house that no longer “fit.”

While following the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Center for Women Veterans continues the work on behalf of our sister Veterans. You can reach us during normal business hours at 00w@VA.Gov or send us a note on Facebook @VAWomenVets.

We are pressing forward with the 2020 National Summit on Women Veterans scheduled for October 26-30. So save the dates specifically October 28-29th. We are working hard to ensure that we bring to you useful and important information while also empowering and uplifting each other. Please continue to check back for updates on our website and social media. I encourage you to read the updates on the CDC website and listen to your local state authorities for guidelines to ensure that you stay safe. To get answers to questions you have about coronavirus and how VA is responding, visit our Coronavirus FAQs page or read VA’s public health response.

Just know that the VA is still open for business, and if you are in need of care or you know of a sister Veteran who needs assistance, please contact your local VA Medical Center first. You can also call or text the Women Veterans Call Center at 1-855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636) or chat online. Most prescriptions can be mailed to you, be sure to ask your provider and please do not wait until the last minute – we want to make sure you have what you need.

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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.

  • To monitor and coordinate VA’s administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans.
  • To 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.
  • To raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.
Our Leadership

Director, Center for Women Veterans
Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd

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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
  • African American History Month 2020 - On February 11, 2020 the Center for Women Veterans and the Center for Minority Veterans partnered to host a Special Screening of "The Six Triple Eight; No Mail, Low Morale."
  • Women Veterans with Disabilities are Valued - In April 2019, the Center for Women Veterans highlighted, “Women Veterans with Disabilities are Valued” to raise national awareness of the contributions of women Veterans with disabilities and to tell their story of resilience.
  • Women Veteran Trailblazers Initiative - Each year CWV sponsors an annual campaign to celebrate the contributions of women Veterans. The 2019 Campaign launched on March 6, 2019, in honor of Women’s History Month and will continue throughout the year to celebrate women Veterans’ contributions during and after military service.
  • 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.
  • Nationwide Baby Shower - To honor and support Veterans welcoming new babies into their families in 2018, VA hosted the very first Nationwide Baby Shower for Veterans in May 2018!
  • Women Veteran Athletes Initiative - To raise national awareness of the service, diversity, and resilience of women Veterans, in March 2018 VA’s Center for Women Veterans hosted an exhibit featuring 10 women Veteran Athletes in 10 VAMCs nationwide, after which it traveled to additional facilities.
  • Women Veterans Art Exhibit - 10 women Veteran artists had their art exhibited at VA medical centers around the country in 2017. VA’s Center for Women Veterans partnered with Veteran Artist Program (VAP) on this initiative.
  • 2017 National Women Veterans Summit
    The 2017 National Women Veterans Summit took place in Houston, Texas, on August 25-26, 2017. The women Veterans 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.
  • 2008 National Training Summit on Women Veterans
  • 2004 National Summit on Women Veterans
  • 2004 National Summit on Women Veterans Issues
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.


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