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Opportunities and Resources for Women Veterans

This section provides information about select resources for women Veterans.  The Department of Veterans Affairs does not sponsor or endorse any non-governmental organization listed.  Thousands of national, state, and local resources are available for Veterans, wounded warriors, service members, survivors, their families, and caregivers; search for those best for you on the National Resource Directory.

Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of benefits and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Some of these benefits may be utilized while on active duty.  These benefits are codified in Title 38 of the United States Code.  This booklet contains a summary of these benefits.

In the Spotlight … Retreats and Fellowships for Women Veterans

Women Veterans face the same challenges as both civilian women and male Veterans, which can leave us feeling slightly out of place in many settings.  Recognizing that some of us benefit greatly from the opportunity to share, learn, and grow in the company of other military and Veteran women, some organizations and VA facilities are developing retreats and fellowships specifically tailored for our population.  Here’s a short selection of some of the programs available at the national, regional, and local level:

  • The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University’s Focus Forward Fellowship External link to a non-government website is designed to help women Veteran students build skills, leadership, and a sense of community with their peers during a four-day residency followed by engagement with their cohort in an online learning community.
  • Military support Programs and Networks’ After Her Service External link to a non-government website program for Post 9/11 women Veterans seeks to support their personal and professional success through a skill-building retreat followed by six months of individual coaching focused on setting and attaining life and career goals.
  • The Mission Continues’ annual Women Veterans Leadership Summit External link to a non-government website brings together rising women Veteran leaders with women leaders from the business, philanthropy, entertainment, and political fields for three days of learning and connecting followed by a service project.
  • Women Veterans ROCK! External link to a non-government website is hosting a Professional Development Retreat for military and Veteran women at Chestnut Hill College in July.
  • Boulder Crest’s Warrior PATHH External link to a non-government website (Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes) is a non-clinical program designed to cultivate post-traumatic growth among Veterans with PTSD through an 18-month program that begins with a seven-day retreat; all-women cohorts take place.
  • CenterPoint Retreats External link to a non-government website are six-day retreats based on a model of experiential, body-centered, relationship-based healing that have served over 250 women; eligibility is for women OEF/OIF Veterans receiving Vet Center counseling.
  • VA medical centers around the country have hosted retreats for women Veterans over the years, including Northport VA Medical Center’s six-day Healing in Nature Retreats on Indian Lake; VA Black Hills Health Care System’s Women Veterans’ Retreat through their PTSD Outpatient Program; and VA Salt Lake City’s three-day retreat in the mountains of Park City.  Contact the Woman Veteran Program Manager at your local facility to learn whether there are any local programs – or to encourage them to start one!
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VA provides primary and specialty health care — including reproductive health care and 7 days of newborn care — to women Veterans.  Women Veteran Program Managers are available at each VA medical center nationwide to advise, advocate, and coordinate care for women Veterans.  More information is available on the Women Veterans Health Care website.

Items of interest specifically for women at VA:

Housing Stability

VA has services for women Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Get information about VA programs and serivces to end homelessness among women Veterans.

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

MST is the term that VA uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military.  Get more information on VA services and benefits related to MST.  The Department of Defense (DoD) also provides Sexual Assault Support External link to a non-government website for the DoD community.

Rural Veterans

The VHA Office of Rural Health works to optimize the use of available and emerging technologies, establish new access points to care, and employ strategies to increase health care options for all rural Veterans.

Veterans who reside in rural communities that need a ride should contact the Veterans Transportation Mobility Manager at their local VA medical center.  Veterans or caregivers can go to the Veterans Transportation Service website and view the appropriate state or scroll down the page for the contact information at participating VA medical centers.

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Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs)

VA provides an online list of VSOs as an information service by the Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Some VSOs have programs for or research on women Veterans, including the DAV External link to a non-government website.

Volunteering and Civic Engagement Opportunities