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Center for Women Veterans (CWV)

 

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 … Entrepreneurship

Of 2.4 million Veteran-owned small businesses, more than 380,000 are small businesses owned by women Veterans.  There are a number of resources available to help women Veterans interested in joining their ranks:

  • VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) works to enable Veterans to gain access to economic opportunity by leveraging the federal procurement system and expanding participation of procurement-ready small businesses.
  • The Small Business Administration External link to a government website has numerous resources specifically targeting Veterans and women External link to a government website, and just announced External link to a government website awarding grants to three organizations offering small business development resources to women Veterans:
    • Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE External link to a non-government website), a training program in entrepreneurship and small business management that helps women Veterans and female military spouses/partners learn business skills,
    • Bunker Labs External link to a non-government website for their Entrepreneurial Program for Innovation and Collaboration (EPIC) and Bunker in a Box programs, and
    • The San Antonio Lift Fund External link to a non-government website, a 7-week Texas-based women Veteran entrepreneurship program.
  • Boots to Business Reboot External link to a government website is a two-step entrepreneurship training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with IVMF, The American Legion External link to a non-government website, and other partners.
  • The Coalition for Veteran Owned Business External link to a non-government website supports the success of Veteran, service member, and military spouse-owned businesses by connecting them with entrepreneurial education and training, small business resources and solutions, and commerce and supplier opportunities, including both business-to-business and business-to-consumer models.
  • Women as Veteran Entrepreneurs (WAVE External link to a non-government website) provides a forum for Veteran woman-owned small businesses to meet prime contractors to discuss business teaming, sub-contracting and mentoring opportunities, information on strategies for doing business with the government, networking, and more.
Economic Opportunity
Health

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.

VA also offers prosthetic and sensory aids services specifically for women Veterans.  Learn more »

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.

Veteran Entrepreneurs
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