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05/09/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay Diane M. Henderson - We honor your service, Diane! (05/09/2017)

In the Game: Navy Veteran Staying Active Despite Vision Loss - Joe Ann McBride is competing for the fourth year in a row at the National Veterans Golden Age Games in four events: visually-impaired bowling, boccia, power walking and blind discus golf. (05/08/2017)

05/08/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay LaToya Stanislaus - We honor your service, LaToya! (05/08/2017)

05/06/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay Audrey Hsieh - We honor your service, Audrey! (05/06/2017)

Veteran-Run Rumi Spice Lands Mark Cuban Investment on 'Shark Tank' - On the show, the founders told of their roles in Afghanistan: Emily Miller supported live operations on night raids, Kimberly Jung was a platoon leader looking for bombs, and Keith Alaniz was an Afghan regional expert working with tribal elders. [from The Chicago Tribune] (05/06/2017)

Philadelphia VA Medical Center Women's Health Clinic Ribbon Cutting - The ceremony will be at 1:30pm today! [from Facebook] (05/05/2017)

Women of Excellence Class of 2017! - Pat Locke, the first African American woman to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point received the Trailblazer Award for her heroism and leadership. [from The Michigan Chronicle] (05/05/2017)

Face of Defense: Mother, Son Serve Deployment Together - Army Capt. Andrea Wolfe and her son, Army Spc. Kameron Wideman, both assigned to Brigade Support Medical Company, 215th Brigade Support Battalion, deployed recently from Fort Hood, Texas, for nine months in support of U.S. Army Central. [from U.S. Department of Defense] (05/05/2017)

Philadelphia VA Medical Center Women's Health Clinic Ribbon Cutting - We are very excited to open this new space! [from Facebook] (05/05/2017)

Hampton VA Staff Gives Back in Portsmouth to Help Sheltered Women - The group is inspired by the words of Winston Churchill, "You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give." (05/05/2017)

Face of Defense: Siblings Serve Together as C-17 Pilots - Many factors aligned to create the siblings' opportunity to work side by side as Air Force pilots and they appreciate that chance. [from U.S. Department of Defense] (05/05/2017)

Veterans to Showcase Fitness at National Veterans Golden Age Games - Since 2004, the National Veterans Golden Age Games have served as a qualifier for competition in the National Senior Games, held every other year. (05/04/2017)

PTSD Treatment Decision Aid - VA releases new PTSD treatment decision aid. (05/03/2017)

Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Spearheads Campaign to Draw Attention to Women Veterans - Just as the lives of the Oregon women Veterans featured in the I Am Not Invisible campaign are unique, so are their service experiences. (05/03/2017)

There Were 14,900 Sex Assaults in the US Military Last Year, New Pentagon Data Show - About 1 in 3 service members who experienced a sexual assault ultimately filed a report in 2016, the Pentagon says. That's up from 1 in 14 a decade ago. [from Military Times] (05/02/2017)

Army Releases Combat Photographer's Last Photos Before Fatal Explosion - Spc. Hilda Clayton, an Afghan Army photographer and 3 other Afghan soldiers were killed in the accident. [from Army Times] (05/02/2017)

Four Stories That Will Inspire You This Mental Health Awareness Month - Looking for inspiration? Check out these Veterans' stories. [from Make the Connection] (05/02/2017)

Using VA's Million Vet Program to Identify Genetic Risk Factors for Alcohol, Tobacco & Opioid Use - The broad goal of this effort is to identify genetic variants contributing to sustained harmful substance use, which can provide opportunities for prevention and treatment. (05/02/2017)

The Call-In: Your Stories About Veterans Affairs - This week's Call-In is about the Department of Veterans Affairs: stories from Veterans about getting health care and ideas for reforming the whole agency. [from NPR] (05/01/2017)

'Do Something That Matters' - Recruiter dealt with adversity as a woman in the Navy. [from SC Now] (05/01/2017)

Warrior Center Honors Deputies for Their Compassion - Deputies help talk Vet with PTSD out of suicide. [from Okeechobee News] (05/01/2017)

04/30/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay Margaret 'Peg' Rau Peasley - We honor your service, Peg! (04/30/2017)

[Podcast] #28: Skye Marshall – Air Force Veteran, Actor - Skye talks with us about serving in the Air Force, following her dreams to Hollywood, working with Al Pacino, and more. (04/28/2017)

FOX 4 Investigation Reveals Female Veterans Can't Get Mammograms at Local VA Hospitals - There are currently more than 2-million female Veterans in the county, and 57,000 live in Kansas and Missouri. [from FOX 4 KC] (04/28/2017)

Trump Calls Veterans Affairs Reform 'One of Our Crown Jewels' - The President pledged not to let Veterans down. [from The Washington Post] (04/28/2017)

No Longer Invisible: Women Veterans and Homelessness after Military Service - These women served alongside their brothers, and when they come home, they have their own integration issues, challenges and successes. [from The Huffington Post] (04/28/2017)

Air Force Academy's 1st Female Superintendent Stepping Down - Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson was the first woman to lead any of the three major military academies — Air Force, Army and Navy. [from Air Force Times] (04/28/2017)

Montana VA Addresses Sexual Trauma in the Military - Of the people the VA Medical Center treats, about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men report a history of sexual assault. [from KXLH 9] (04/28/2017)

VA Celebrates The Dedicated Volunteers Who Serve Our Nation's Veterans - As times have changed, so has the work of our volunteers; yet their mission and focus has never wavered. (04/27/2017)

04/27/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay Mary V. Cowan Geffken - We honor your service, Mary! (04/27/2017)

Veteran Resources Exist Here For Those Who Need It - There are still a lot of Veterans who don't know what help is available. [from Adirondack Daily Enterprise] (04/27/2017)

President Trump Visits VA & Signs EO 'Improving Accountability & Whistleblower Protection at the VA' - Secretary Shulkin makes key announcements to reduce red tape, fraud and improve Veteran services. (04/27/2017)

Few Good Choices: Granite State Veterans Often Forced Pick Between Long Drives, Longer Waits - The Veterans Choice program was meant to be an innovative fix for a health care problem. [from Sentinel Source] (04/26/2017)

The First Black Female General in the U.S. Army 'Challenged the Whole System' - "I am not afraid," said Hazel Johnson-Brown. [from Timeline] (04/26/2017)

VA and Warrior Care Network Team Up for Brain Trust 2017 - Our partnership is intent on improving the warrior journey through Warrior Care Network. (04/26/2017)

Travis AFB Gets New Training Simulator for Obstetrics Emergencies - The simulator provides a level of training that just wasn't possible under the old system. [from Air Force Times] (04/25/2017)

Rate Of Suicide Among Female Veterans Climbs, VA Says - Veterans have a significantly higher rate of suicide than civilians. The numbers for female Veterans, however, are two to five times higher than their civilian counterparts. [from NPR] (04/25/2017)

Mr. & Mrs. Volkman: Commemorating 100 Years of their WWI Veterans Legacy - Mrs. Rose Volkman and Mr. William Volkman lived in Hawaii, 11,000 miles from Flanders Field, halfway around the world. But they volunteered. (04/25/2017)

With T-shirts and Puffy Paint, Veterans Show the Consequences of Military Sexual Trauma - The public can view the Clothesline Project exhibit at St. Cloud VA this week. [from SC Times] (04/24/2017)

Illustrating Stories Of Service: Vermont VA Pairs Women Vets With Cartoonists - "These are stories that we know aren't heard nearly enough, especially in the culture that we're swimming in right now ." -- JD Lunt, cartoonist [from VPR] (04/24/2017)

Iraq War Veteran, Paralympian Tells Her Story - Melissa Stockwell is a three-time world champion triathlete and bronze-medal-winning Paralympian. [from The Journal Gazette] (04/23/2017)

Veterans Should Gain from New VA Website - The site provides Veterans with easy-to-use data related to wait times, timeliness of appointments, satisfaction with scheduling processes, and information about the quality of VA health care. [from SC Times] (04/21/2017)

VA Launches 'New, Unique' Tool to Help Prevent Veteran Suicides - The program was piloted in October at VA medical centers in Erie and Butler, Pa., before a decision was made to expand it across the country. It's now available at all VA hospitals. [from Stars and Stripes] (04/21/2017)

04/21/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay Mary Tener Davidson Hall - We honor your service, Mary! (04/21/2017)

VA Program Addresses Sexual Trauma in Military - Local Vets contribute to the Clothesline Project. [from The Daily Courier] (04/21/2017)

Why Dr. David Shulkin is Exactly What the VA Ordered - Dr. Shulkin believes that the VA needs to go outside for private enterprise solutions and treatments; so do we. [The Hill] (04/21/2017)

[Podcast] #27: Dee McWilliams -- Army Veteran, President WIMSA - Dee talks to us about her 29 years in the Army, retirement, serving as WIMSA president and the significance of the women's memorial. (04/21/2017)

04/20/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Harrybelle Stark - We honor her service. (04/20/2017)

Legislation Would Improve Access to Care for Women Veterans - The Deborah Simpson Act would improve access to support services, including counseling and legal support for issues such as housing, eviction and child support issues. [from UP Matters] (04/20/2017)

Posting Private Nude Photos is Now a Crime in the Navy and Marine Corps - The changes were made public Tuesday in an all-Navy message, a move that some experts think will be hard-pressed to defend in court. [from Navy Times] (04/20/2017)

Women in the Military: US Navy Redesigning Its Submarines - With women now serving aboard submarines, defense contractor Electric Boat is designing what will be the first Navy subs built specifically to accommodate female crew members. [from Navy Times] (04/20/2017)

Trump Signs Bill Extending Veterans' Private Care Options - The law allows the Veterans Choice Program to continue until funding expires. [from CBS News] (04/20/2017)

Female Vets in Nebraska Paint to Relieve Stress - The group Rejuvenate has participated in activities like getting facials, yoga, and acupuncture therapy. [from NTV ABC] (04/19/2017)

Iowa National Guardsman Uses Army Training to Help Save Shooting Victim - The victim had been shot multiple times in the back and once in the leg, and she used the shirts and scarves to apply pressure to his wounds. [from Army Times] (04/17/2017)

Deploying Soldiers Could See Lighter Body Armor by 2018 - The new gear is under development at Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, and is part of the new Soldier Protection System. [from Army Times] (04/17/2017)

Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, Notice of Meeting - The agenda will include updates from the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and Staff Offices, as well as updates on recommendations from the 2016 Report of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans. [from The Federal Register] (04/17/2017)

Fort Bragg Host for Study to Create New Sexual Assault Prevention Program - Leaders kick off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. [from The Fayetteville Observer] (04/17/2017)

Inside the World's First All-Female Special Forces Unit: Norway's Jegertroppen - Three years into the all-female program, the Norwegian military is already counting it as a success. [from NBC News] (04/17/2017)

Top Guns' First Female Artillery Platoon Leader to Deploy - Taking over the platoon was another in a series of milestones in First Lt. Austen Boroff's career. [from The Fort Campbell Courier] (04/17/2017)

04/16/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Ora Mae Hyatt - We honor her service. (04/16/2017)

Healthy Change Leads Air Force Veteran to Competition at Golden Age Games - Jacque Gresham says an event like the National Veterans Golden Age Games reminds her of the morale boosting events she participated in while serving in the military. (04/14/2017)

Down for the Count: Women Veterans Likely Underestimated in Federal Homelessness Figures - We can all be part of the path forward, helping women Veterans who are homeless or struggle with being at risk for homelessness, be brought into the picture and finally "seen." They also served. They shouldn't have to be invisible. [from The Huffington Post] (04/14/2017)

VA Now Posts Wait Times, Private-Care Comparisons Online - The initial response to the new initiative from Congress and Veterans Service Organizations was positive. [from] (04/13/2017)

Alcohol and Pregnancy: What Women Veterans Should Know - As we continue to observe Alcohol Awareness Month during April, it is an appropriate time to learn more about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and its potential impact on women Veterans and others. (04/13/2017)

The VA Is Using Advanced Technology To Predict Which Veterans Are At Risk Of Suicide - Once identified, at-risk Veterans will be contacted by their VA mental health or primary care provider. [from Task and Purpose] (04/13/2017)

VA Working to Handle Increasing Number of Women Veterans with PTSD - Many women don't like seeking treatment in facilities that have focused almost exclusively on men. [from ABC 7] (04/12/2017)

Women Veterans Art Exhibits Featured at 10 Starbucks Locations - Ten storyboards featuring images of their art, along with photos of the women in and out of uniform and brief biographies, are designed to raise awareness of the creativity, service and sacrifice of women Veterans, as well as their diverse backgrounds and experiences. (04/12/2017)

Caring for Those Who Care -- VA Caregiver Support Program Values Your Commitment - VA knows that family caregivers who care for Veterans in their own homes have been putting Veterans first since the founding of our nation. (04/12/2017)

04/12/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Althea Semanchik - We honor her service. (04/12/2017)

Substance Abuse May Indicate Suicide Risk in Women - Hazard ratio estimates for associations between any substance use disorder, alcohol, cocaine and opioid use disorders and suicide were significantly higher among women. [from Healio Psychitric Annals] (04/12/2017)

Department of Veterans Affairs Launches a New System to Try to 'Predict' Veteran Suicide - The program allows the VA to analyze data from health records and identify Veterans that are at a statistically higher risk for suicide, hospitalization, illness and other issues. [from Military Times] (04/12/2017)

VA's New Online Tool Helps Veterans Make Informed Health Care Decisions - VA's goal is to make this tool a Veteran-driven, Veteran-designed point of access for the services our Veterans deserve. (04/12/2017)

Mississippi Couple Prepare for National Veterans Golden Age Games - The couple has been married for 25 years, and although they're preparing for the competition, they most look forward to having fun, together, with other Veterans. (04/12/2017)

Federal Hiring Freeze Affects Men and Women Veterans - Of equal or greater concern is how the freeze impacts the Veterans Administration. [from The Huffington Post] (04/12/2017)

Veterans Choice Card Program Extended - The Veterans Affairs Choice Card is designed for former military personnel facing lengthy wait times or who live more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility. [from WKRG News 5] (04/11/2017)

VA Appeals Backlog: Will Reform Plans Work? - A GAO report examines VA's approaches to address challenges it identified as contributing to lengthy appeals processing times, and the extent to which those approaches are consistent with sound planning practices. [from] (04/10/2017)

Improving the VA, Opportunities for Young Veterans - Representative John Gottheimer introduced an amendment that would help younger Veterans get on board at the VA and improve the care and service provided by the department. [from the New Jersey Herald] (04/10/2017)

Shea-Porter Seeks to Restore Education Benefits for Veterans - Shea-Porter says too many Veterans have been left without the opportunity to finish their degrees because the for-profit colleges they attended went out of business. [from Washington Times] (04/10/2017)

Reaching Out to Veterans with PTSD - A great many Veterans are suffering from the condition and are not even aware of what is happening. [from the Napa Valley Register] (04/10/2017)

Legion Helps Honor Women in Labor and Business - According to statistics from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Veterans Business Development, Veterans are 45 percent more likely to start a business than their civilian counterparts. [from The American Legion] (04/07/2017)

'The Hello Girls' Chronicles The Women Who Fought For America -- And For Recognition - Because they were women, the Department of War denied them veteran status -- including benefits, medical care, commendations, honorable discharges, military funerals, even the right to wear their uniforms. For 60 years they fought to be recognized for their service. [from NPR] (04/07/2017)

Warrior Training Program Helps Veterans Serve Veterans Through VA Careers - VA, DOD partnership boasts 85 percent Veteran hire rate. (04/06/2017)

Competitive Edge Keeps Retired Marine Active - National Veterans Golden Age Games take place May 7-11. (04/06/2017)

Women Taught at Boot Camp to Endure Sexual Harassment from Male Marines, Veteran Says - "The culture of misogyny toward women that begets this type of behavior traces back to boot camp, where women learn to put up with sexual harassment from male Marines." [from Marine Corps Times] (04/06/2017)

VA Secretary Makes Strides to Improve Veterans Experience - Selects Lynda Davis, PhD, as Chief Veterans Experience Officer. (04/06/2017)

Advocates See More Work Ahead for Integrating Women in Combat, Military Roles - The move has been met with praise from equal rights activists and derision from some conservative groups, and has produced a slow and sometimes confusing mix of new integration rules for each of the services. [from Military Times] (04/06/2017)

'Served Like A Girl': New Documentary Tracks Female Veterans in a Pageant with Purpose - The documentary takes on pageant contestants and other female Veterans from all angles -- and that, says the pageant's founder, is the point. [from Military Times] (04/06/2017)

Trailblazing Army Maj. Gen. Heidi Brown Retires After 35 Years - "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away," Brown said. "I completed the journey. I did my best. It has been my honor to have served this great nation. ... My name is Brown, and I will always be a soldier." [from Army Times] (04/05/2017)

In Her Own Words: How a Marine Veteran Amputee Conquered Mount Kilimanjaro for Charity - Retired Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in March as part of a fundraising effort for, a nonprofit founded by NFL defensive end Chris Long that provides well water to African communities. Ennis became the first above-the-knee female amputee to make the climb, according to the group. [from Military Times] (04/05/2017)

Two Women, the First Since October 2015, Graduate from Army Ranger School - The women were two of 10 to graduate from the first integrated IBOLC course back in October, bringing the total number of Ranger-qualified women to five. [from Army Times] (04/04/2017)

Orting Project Aims to Offer Shelter and Services for Homeless Female Vets - The rooms are ready, the beds made, the gift baskets of toothbrushes and shampoo sit on the dressers. [from The News Tribune] (04/03/2017)

Female Army General Beats Cancer, Deploys to Iraq, Serves as Inspiration - Army Brig. Gen. Karen Gibson said she's definitely achieved success over the past 31 years, leading at every level and traveling the world, but her current assignment ranks at the top. [from U.S. Army] (04/03/2017)

Editorial: Female Veterans Finally Getting the Attention They Deserve - The VA is seeking to ensure that at least one expert in women's mental health is in each VA system nationally. [from New Haven Register] (04/03/2017)

Karen Pence Emerges as the Trump Administration's Liaison to Military Women - She says she sees herself as a "listening ear" for the White House, someone who can report back to the president on the challenges military women face. [from Military Times] (04/03/2017)

Advocates Launch New Campaign to Highlight 'Badass' Women Vets - The #ShesBadass campaign, launched on the last day of Women's History Month, includes stories of women Veterans discussing their service, post-military life and challenges. [from Military Times] (04/03/2017)

Female Veterans Targeted with Residential Treatment Home - Pathways for Change will work with H.E.R. Foundation Inc., another Pensacola-area nonprofit that plans to open a homeless shelter for up to 10 female Veterans in August. [from Pensacola News Journal] (04/03/2017)

Meet The First Female F-35 Pilot - USAF Lt. Col. Christine Mau Is The First Woman to Fly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This Is Why It Does, And Doesn't Matter. [from The Aviationist] (04/03/2017)

Air Force Rugby Program Breaks Gender Barrier - The Air Force women's rugby sevens team made its debut at the Las Vegas Invitational, the largest rugby tournament in North America, and played against seasoned teams filled with Olympic and HSBC World Series veterans and hopefuls. [from U.S. Department of Defense] (04/03/2017)

2 Female Infantry Officers Set To Graduate Ranger School - They are the first women to complete the Army's most demanding combat training school in almost 17 months. [from Task & Purpose] (04/03/2017)

Houston VA Hospital Hosts Art Exhibit Showcasing Paintings By Female Veterans - Art is one of the disciplines some of them practice to ease the transition to civilian life. [from Houston Public Media] (04/03/2017)

Maria Daume, New Female Marine Infantry Member - The first female Marine to join the infantry through the traditional entry-level training process. [from The Voice of America] (04/03/2017)

Sailor Re-enlists on 100-year Anniversary of the First Female Navy Chief - Pretty big day for female chiefs all around the Navy. [from Navy Times] (04/03/2017)

Women Veterans Changing VA Care Practices - Younger women Veterans are coming to the VA for primary care, mental health care, emergency care and even maternity care. [from ABC 10 News] (04/03/2017)

Homeless Women Veterans Struggle to Be Seen - Women Veterans, including women Veterans with children, are the fastest growing group of homeless Veterans today. [from The Huffington Post] (04/03/2017)

Kentucky Guard Women Excel in Previously Male-Dominated Specialties - Women continue to break through the barriers of military service. It's been nearly two years since the Pentagon announced that all combat jobs are opened to women. [from U.S. Department of Defense] (04/03/2017)

Women In Charge on the Navy's Newest Warships - During World War II, women put in motion a huge cultural shift, when they answered a call to serve their country at war. Today they are chasing America's enemies and doing good on the seas. [from Communities Digital News] (04/03/2017)

04/02/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Ann Catherine Cunningham - We honor her service. (04/02/2017)

04/01/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay Air Force Veteran - We honor your service, Kaye! (04/01/2017)

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