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Support organizations for female veterans

Academy Women
www.academywomen.org
AcademyWomen is a nonprofit organization which offers programs to support and enable women from the nation's officer development programs to reach their full potential as leaders.

AcademyWomen is aligned for the greater good of the military. It is our belief that every woman who chooses to serve her country should be fully prepared to do so.

AcademyWomen provides supplemental sources of education, leadership development opportunities, and resources to achieve better personal and professional balance for military women and women veterans.

We are a global leadership organization of current and former women military officers, cadets, midshipmen, candidates and all individuals committed to the success of AcademyWomen's mission.  Our members are the world's outstanding leaders, including: military officers, astronauts, pilots, combat leaders, ship commanding officers, business executives, diplomats, civic leaders, entrepreneurs and homemakers.  Our members are the pioneers who bravely sought military training and now represent a new and outstanding paradigm of leadership.

Through a group of like-minded women and men, we will help to fill the existing gap of support by leveraging a global network; inspiring our members ideas and action; and equipping our members for leadership impact.


Athena's Sisters (Louisville, KY)
http://athenassisters.us/
Athena's Sisters is a non-profit run by and for military women. Our slogan is "Mind, heart, and body wellness for all active duty and veteran women!" Our mission is to provide a safe space for all military women to share their stories, connect women to complementary healing services, and to build a sisterhood of support and advocacy for military women's unique needs.


F7 Group - Empowering Female Veterans and Military Women
www.f7group.com
F7 Group is dedicated to securing and providing resources, training, support and mentoring to Female Veterans and Women in Military Service, both IN and BESIDE the uniform.

F7 provides fundamental tools, systems and networks through retreats, boot camps and technology based platforms. We provide these services though sponsorships and donations made to the organization.

Some of the services F7 Group offers include:
  • F7 Group Weekend Retreats
  • F7 Group 3-day intensive Entrepreneurial Boot Camps with Leading Industry Experts
  • F7 Group 1/2 day skills training & mentoring programs and workshops
  • Grants for WIMSA Memorial
  • Scholarships for F7 affiliate programs (Copperrock Business Solutions, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, Heart & Sold, InterSource,  and many more….)


Fatigues to Fabulous
www.fatiguestofabulous.com
Fatigues to Fabulous™ (F2F) is a national campaign designed to support those women serving in our nation's military, and the unique issues faced by women veterans. The campaign supports three 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations the ‘Society for Women’s Health Research,’ ‘Grace After Fire,’ and ‘Business and Professional Women’s Foundation' and is partnered with the veteran employment organization, 'Be A Hero-Hire A Hero.'

F2F is working to help women make the transition from military to to civilian life, navigate the healthcare system for their unique needs, raise awareness of the challenges women face upon return, and harness resources to support them.  F2F's goal, along with our partners, is to provide valuable job training skills including resume building, interviewing skills and workplace attire advice. For decades, transitioning back into civilian life has meant a confusing array of services, forms, and offices. The challenges women face upon returning can range from medical, to housing, to employment and often build upon each other. While other campaigns have focused on military families, F2F aims specifically to raise public consciousness about those mothers, wives, sisters, aunts and nieces who have proudly served in the U.S. and abroad.

F2F is seeks to change the perception of the U.S. veteran population from a solely male image to include the increasing number of women that serve our country. Women are veterans too!


Foundation for Women Warriors (Southern California)
http://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/
The Foundation for Women Warriors (Formerly Military Women In Need) is a unique support organization created exclusively for the women veteran community of Southern California. We provide essential programs to empower the resiliency and professional development of Women Warriors. Every step is dedicated to supporting these outstanding women to navigate obstacles and realize their maximum potential after their service career.


Grace after Fire
www.graceafterfire.org
Grace After Fire provides support for and helps women veterans of the United States military who are returning from active duty so that they can re-engage as mothers, wives and daughters in civilian life.


Lady Veterans Connect (Kentucky)
http://www.ladyveteransconnect.org/
Lady Veterans Connect is a non-profit organization helping homeless and transitional lady veterans. Our mission is to honor lady veterans by providing hope, homes, and healing. We opened Kentucky's first transitional home for lady veterans in Kentucky in 2016. Our current project in Kentucky in renovation of a elementary school which will be the future home to 35 lady veterans and their children.


Makeovers That Matter (West Hollywood, CA)
http://www.makeoversthatmatter.org/
Makeovers That Matter is dedicated to the empowerment of women returning from military service and the wives and widows of veterans who have served our nation. Our mission is to supply these women, as well as other economically challenged women, with the right tools to re-enter the workforce.

Our FREE services include hair, make-up, fashion styling, and job interview training to boost confidence and help women put their best foot forward with the goal of securing a job that leads to a long-term career path.In return, Makeovers That Matter program recipients have the opportunity to “Pay It Forward”. They can contribute to the community by providing volunteer services, or write letters that accompany care packages to active military personnel stationed overseas. In giving to those who give of themselves, Makeovers That Matter continues the cycle of entrepreneurship and empowerment.


Ms Veteran America Pageant - October 8, 2017
www.msveteranamerica.com
The Ms. Veteran America competition highlights more than the strength and courage of our nations military women, but also reminds us that these women are mothers, daughters, sisters and wives. 


National Women Veterans United (Illinois)
http://nwvu.org/
The mission of NWVU is to ensure that women veterans are made aware and have access and information regarding their VA benefits and entitlements including current or pending legislation that impacts VA benefits. Place special emphasis on at risk and homeless women veterans to ensure that they have safe and immediate housing or shelter. Advocate for improved service delivery and adequate services for women veterans in federal, state, city and county services. Monitor existing services, delivery and distribution of housing HUD VASH Vouchers. Extend military leadership skills to community youth programs.


One Savvy Veteran
http://onesavvyveteran.wix.com/womenwarriors
One Savvy Veteran's mission is to encourage, educate and empower women veterans experiencing economic hardships with comprehensive assistance needed to successfully navigate the transition from military service to civilian life.


Operation Reinvent
http://operationreinvent.org/
Operation Reinvent ‘embraces’ women veterans from the time they leave military service, until they have successfully reinvented their lives and transitioned to a new normal… as happy, healthy, productive civilians in the workplace and in the community. During this process, which does not have an expiration date, Operation Reinvent does not let her fall between cracks or lose courage. It guides, mentors, educates and makes the transition process smoother, less confusing and less scary for the women who sacrificed so much in serving us all.

Operation Reinvent advocates for women veterans who right now have a 66% higher unemployment rate and are 4x more likely to be homeless than their male counterparts.

For women. By women. Operation Reinvent is the only full service program exclusively dedicated to women veterans. It contains every step necessary to give women veterans the confidence and the heightened self-esteem that comes from a polished professional image. From a well-constructed resume, winning interview tactics and understanding the language, currency and the culture of their new civilian workplace. And from regular, biweekly, woman veteran-to-woman veteran peer support that is so important to keep going on.


Service Women's Action Network
http://servicewomen.org/
SWAN supports, defends, and empowers today’s servicewomen and women veterans of all eras, through groundbreaking advocacy initiatives and innovative, healing community programs.

SWAN advocates for all military women, in order to increase their visibility and improve their access to equal opportunity, equal protection and equal benefits.

SWAN educates policymakers at the local, state, and federal level about the issues facing military women and works to create and support legislation that addresses their needs.

SWAN partners with law firms, legal clinics and other organizations to pursue military and VA institutional reform through the courts.

Legal and Peer Support Helpline1-888-729-2089 
Hours: 10am-6pm EST


She S.E.R.V.E.D. Inc.
http://www.she-served.org/
She S.E.R.V.E.D Inc., is a service driven, charitable organization developed to Support, Enhance and Restore Veterans Every Day. She S.E.R.V.E.D Inc., isn’t the first organization to cater exclusively to women veterans; what sets us apart is our passion and focus on three objectives: Supporting, Enhancing and Restoring.

We Support women veterans by educating them about gender-specific benefits available, helping them to receive the benefits to which they are entitled and by connecting them to community resources whom are able to assist in providing those benefits. Every day, women in the military proudly serve our country, but when they return home they often do not receive the recognition, benefits, or services they have earned.

We Enhance women veterans by helping them during their transition into the civilian sector with our “Fatigues to Corporates” workshops, which will assist them in preparing for and securing a job; assist them in retaining their new positions, succeeding in the mainstream workplace as well as other helpful career tips to present themselves in the best possible light during job interviews. Our “Wall Locker” will provide them with new or gently used job interview attire; donations of suits, business attire, shoes and accessories (new and gently used), time, and financial support are all accepted!

We Restore women veterans by helping them with immediate needs, such as shelter, food, clothing, and transition aid through existing networks and resources. Offering financial assistance to low-income veterans, and serving as a navigation support for post women veterans as they transition into a civil lifestyle.

She S.E.R.V.E.D Inc., vision is to become a buffer for female veterans by ensuring that all interpersonal stressors experienced during and post deployment such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following combat exposure, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Unemployment & Underemployment; Homelessness and all transitional, readjustment and emerging issues are highlighted and advocated for so they no longer go unnoticed for women veterans.


SHOUT! For Women Veterans (Swords to Plowshares)
http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/shout/
SHOUT! For Women Veterans, is a project by Swords to Plowshares. SHOUT! is a yearly event to celebrate women veteran and was inspired by the notion that the arts encourage expression and healing. This event attracts hundreds of veterans and supporters to share in the artistic expression of women veterans through photography, painting, and spoken word. SHOUT! raises awareness about the issues facing women veterans and explores the intersections of art, community, health and healing.


Sisterhood of Veterans
http://www.sisterhoodofveterans.org/
The Sisterhood aims to provide an easy avenue for women veterans to gain social support during the formation of new identities after deployment and/or the military, by facilitating healthy activities that create informal and natural therapies among women veterans.


The Sisterhood aspires to harness the strength, professionalism and leadership of military experience, to empower women and reduce the stigma of service-connected disabilities. We want to strengthen our families and communities by challenging ourselves and each other.


The National League of Female Veterans, Inc.
http://www.nlfv.org/default.html
The National League of Female Veterans was created to act as an advocate of the issues facing female veterans and their families.


W.E. R.I.S.E Veterans (North Carolina)
http://www.weriseveterans.org/
W.E. R.I.S.E. Veterans is a nonprofit organization designed to assist women veterans throughout the state of North Carolina. We are currently collaborating with other nonprofits in this state to become one network to assist you the women veteran. We are a growing community. New incentives and programs are being created to serve your unique needs.


WINC for all Women Veterans
http://www.womeninjuredincombat.org/
WINC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women who were served in the Armed Forces, including those injured either physically, mentally, emotionally, or even spiritually, with the tools they need to enter the world again as a woman, not a service member; while also increasing national awareness about the need to successfully integrate the female warrior veteran back into society.

We offer retreats, meet-ups, etc., and also raise awareness of the issues that affect female veterans in the VA system. We do this by offering symposiums and collaborating with other organizations to help raise awareness of the issues that women veterans face both in and out of the military.


Women's Trauma Recovery Program
www.womenvetptsd.va.gov
More than a decade ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs opened the National Women's Trauma Recovery Program (WTRP) as part of the National Center for PTSD at Menlo Park, CA. The WTRP, designed to treat women veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is the first residential program of its kind and is open to women across the country. Many of the women who are referred to the program were sexually assaulted during their military service and suffer what is now referred to as Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

The WTRP is intensive 60-day residential program with a strong emphasis on interpersonal skills. The initial two weeks of treatment involve psychological and psychosocial assessments in order to develop comprehensive treatment plans. Women come into the program in classes, or cohorts, and work together to problem-solve, learn effective communication, and better manage their PTSD/MST symptoms.


Women Veterans Alliance (California)
http://www.womenveteransalliance.org/
We are the only group focused on directly impacting the quality of life of women’s veterans. We do this through transforming the way the community networks to bring people and programs directly together through an energetic grass roots platform.


Women Veterans Interactive
http://www.womenveteransinteractive.org/
Meeting women veterans at their point of need and supporting them through advocacy, empowerment, interaction, outreach and unification (AEIOU).


Women Veteran Social Justice
http://www.wvsjnetwork.org/
Women Veteran Social Justice is a support organization with the vision to identify, connect, educate and empower veteran women about programs, benefits, social and professional networking opportunities. Initially started in 2006 as a local support group for employment networking it was expanded in 2008 to social networking and online media giving a broader range and a deeper impact because of collaboration relationships with multiple veteran groups.


Women Veterans Rock
www.womenvetsrock.org
We are a coalition of Women Veteran Organizations and Women Advocacy Organizations supporting women veterans and military families in the areas of: housing; employment; education; financial stability; health and wellness.


Female veterans service organizations

Academy Women
www.academywomen.org
AcademyWomen is a nonprofit organization which offers programs to support and enable women from the nation's officer development programs to reach their full potential as leaders.

AcademyWomen provides supplemental sources of education, leadership development opportunities, and resources to achieve better personal and professional balance for military women and women veterans.

Air Force Women Officers Associated
www.afwoa.org
AFWOA's purpose is to foster comradeship through reunions, maintain ties between active and retired women officers, preserve the history and promote recognition of the role of military women, and lend support to women engaged in education and training programs.

American Women Veterans Foundation
www.americanwomenveterans.org
American Women Veterans is the nation’s preeminent, non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves, honors and empowers women veterans and their families from all eras and branches of service.

Serve. Honor. Empower.
  • Engaging and advocating for new or improved policies that improve the lives of women veterans and our families
  • Sponsoring retreats, conferences and symposiums focused on empowering our members and our communities
  • Conducting outreach campaigns to raise awareness among service women and veterans of our benefits, entitlements and services
  • Promoting positive images and public awareness of women’s contributions from all branches and eras of service
  • Embracing continued service to our communities and our nation through philanthropic projects
  • Cultivating leadership and professionalism within the military ranks and our communities

Army Women's Foundation
www.awfdn.org
The U.S. Army Women’s Foundation is the premier center for educational excellence, the national network for today’s Army women and a dynamic advocate for telling the history of Army women.

Department of Veterans Affairs - Center for Women Veterans
http://www.va.gov/WOMENVET/
The Center for Women Veterans specifically addresses the health care needs of eligible women veterans, providing appropriate, timely and compassionate health care at the facility level.

Women Marines Association
www.womenmarines.org
The WMA is comprised of women who have served or are serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps regular or reserve components.

Women of the Waves (WAVES)
www.womenofthewaves.com
Waves National is a sea service women's organization for women who have served or are currently serving in the sea services.

Women's Army Corps Veteran's Association
www.armywomen.org
WOSL is a national organization of women who have served overseas in or with the Armed Forces.

Women's Overseas Service League
www.wosl.org
WOSL is a national organization of women who have served overseas in or with the Armed Forces.

Women Veterans Connect, Inc (California)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Women-Veterans-Connect-Inc/118074778261191
Women Veterans Connect is a registered nonprofit corporation. The multi-platform service aims to connect, inform, and support women veterans and their communities starting right here in California, home to nearly 167,000 women veterans — the largest population of women veterans in the nation.

Women Veterans Connect, Inc. is a multi-platform service bridging the gap between women veterans and their communities by providing interpersonal connections, along with educational and supplementary life skills services.

Our vision is to strengthen and empower women veterans by connecting, informing, and supporting decisions that increase the quality of their lives and the people around them.


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Ashley's War
The untold story of a team of women Soldiers on the Special Ops battlefield
Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Copyright @ 2015

In 2010, the Army created Cultural Support Teams, a secret pilot program to insert women alongside Special Operations soldiers battling in Afghanistan. The Army reasoned that women could play a unique role on Special Ops teams: accompanying their male colleagues on raids and, while those soldiers were searching for insurgents, questioning the mothers, sisters, daughters and wives living at the compound. Their presence had a calming effect on enemy households, but more importantly, the CSTs were able to search adult women for weapons and gather crucial intelligence. They could build relationships—woman to woman—in ways that male soldiers in an Islamic country never could.

In Ashley's War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses on-the-ground reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women hand-picked from the Army to serve in this highly specialized and challenging role. The pioneers of CST-2 proved for the first time, at least to some grizzled Special Operations soldiers, that women might be physically and mentally tough enough to become one of them.

The price of this professional acceptance came in personal loss and social isolation: the only people who really understand the women of CST-2 are each other. At the center of this story is a friendship cemented by "Glee," video games, and the shared perils and seductive powers of up-close combat. At the heart of the team is the tale of a beloved and effective soldier, Ashley White.

Much as she did in her bestselling The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Lemmon transports readers to a world they previously had no idea existed: a community of women called to fulfill the military's mission to "win hearts and minds" and bound together by danger, valor, and determination. Ashley's War is a gripping combat narrative and a moving story of friendship—a book that will change the way readers think about war and the meaning of service.


Band of Sisters
American women at war in Iraq
Author: Kirsten Holmstedt, Copyright @ 2007

In Iraq, the front lines are everywhere - and everywhere in Iraq, no matter what their job descriptions say, women in the U.S. military are fighting--more than 155,000 of them. A critical and commercial success in hardcover, Band of Sisters presents a dozen groundbreaking and often heart-wrenching stories of American women in combat in Iraq, such as the U.S.'s first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the military's first black female pilot in combat, a young turret gunner defending convoys, and a nurse struggling to save lives, including her own.





Soldier Girls
The battles of three women at home and at war
Author: Helen Thorpe, Copyright @ 2014

​“A raw, intimate look at the impact of combat and the healing power of friendship” (People): the lives of three women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and the effect of their military service on their personal lives and families—named a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly.

“In the tradition of Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Richard Rhodes, and other masters of literary journalism, Soldier Girls is utterly absorbing, gorgeously written, and unforgettable” (The Boston Globe). Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home…and then overseas again for two of them. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. We see some of them drink too much, have affairs, and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers. And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road, blowing it up. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.

Deeply reported, beautifully written, and powerfully moving, Soldier Girls is “a breakthrough work...What Thorpe accomplishes in Soldier Girls is something far greater than describing the experience of women in the military. The book is a solid chunk of American history...Thorpe triumphs” (The New York Times Book Review).


Soul Survivors
Stories of wounded women warriors and the battles they fight long after they've left the war
Author: Kristen Holmstedt, Copyright @ 2016

Life is tough for veterans, especially female veterans. They have much to deal with and much to heal from: combat, physical and psychological wounds, sexual harassment and assault, trauma, stress, chains of command, the VA. Now more than ever these veterans are facing their problems head on. In this inspiring new book, Kirsten Holmstedt, trusted chronicler of women soldiers and veterans, tells the ups-and-downs stories of veterans struggling with the aftereffects of military service.

Introduces us to more than a dozen female veterans from all branches of the military, from Vietnam through Iraq and Afghanistan
Highlights where the military has succeeded and failed to help veterans.


Undaunted
The real story of America's servicewomen in today's military
Author: Tanya Biank, Copyright @ 2014

As she did so provocatively with military spouses in Army Wives, Tanya Biank gives us the inside story of women in today’s military—their professional and personal challenges from the combat zone to the home front... 

Since 9/11, more than 240,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan—more than 140 have died there, and they currently make up fourteen percent of the total active-duty forces. Despite advances, today’s servicewomen are constantly pressed to prove themselves, to overcome challenges men never face, and to put the military mission ahead of all other aspects of their lives, particularly marriage and motherhood. In this groundbreaking, insider’s look at the women defending our nation, Tanya Biank brings to light the real issues—of femininity, belonging to an old boys’ club, veiled discrimination, dating, marriage problems, separation from children, questions about life goals, career trajectories, and self-worth—that servicewomen are facing by focusing on four individual stories. 

Brigadier General Angela Salinas, the Marine Corps’ first Hispanic female general, faces the challenge of commanding an all-male institution. Second Lieutenant Bergan Flanagan finds herself on the frontlines in Afghanistan, serving in the same military police company as her husband. As a marine drill instructor, Sergeant Amy Stokley demands the very best from the recruits at Parris Island. And Major Candice O’Brien deals with deployment to Afghanistan, with two young children and a strained marriage back home. 

Undaunted is the story of these courageous trailblazers—their struggles, sacrifices, and triumphs in the name of serving the country they love.