Resources 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.


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!


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.


Military Women in Need
www.militarywomeninneed.org
The mission of Military Women In Need, a nonprofit organization founded in 1921 is to provide support in the form of housing assistance, resource and referral services, and home visits for female veterans and widows of veterans. Military Women In Need empowers these women, who sacrificed for our present freedom, to live their lives with continued independence and dignity.


Ms Veteran America Pageant - October 13, 2013
www.msveteranamerica.com
The purpose of the event is to showcase “The Woman Beyond the Uniform”. As a Female Veteran, some of our femininity becomes lost when we wear the uniform, because we have to blend in with the boys. Our grace, poise, beauty and talents become camouflaged during our military service. 

Along with being Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors; we are also Mothers, Wives, Daughters, and Sisters!

Proceeds from this event provides housing for homeless female Veterans and their children.


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 Helpline1-888-729-20891-888-729-2089 
Hours: 10am-6pm EST


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.


The Lotus Project (Bush Cares Project)
http://www.bushcares.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62&Itemid=63
The Lotus flower is planted in mud and yet still grows upwards toward the light to break through the other side clean and beautiful. Our female veterans are growing stronger physically through combat, yet are stuck in the mud of sexual trauma, separation anxiety from their children, PTSD, and homelessness. The mission of The Lotus Project is to empower female veterans to rebuild their lives after military service with numerous services offered.


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. 


VA - Issues Specific to Women
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/fslist-specific-women.asp
Women report exposure to many different types of traumatic events, and are especially likely to experience sexual assault in childhood, adulthood, or both. Sexual assault is a type of trauma that often leads to the onset of PTSD for both women and men. Given greater exposure to this type of trauma, women are particularly at risk for PTSD. These fact sheets have information that is specific to women and trauma.
  • Rape of Women in a War Zone
  • Sexual Assault against Females
  • Traumatic Stress in Women Veterans
  • Women, Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Mental Health Services in the VA


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.


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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.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) - She Serves
https://www.facebook.com/vfwsheserves?fref=ts
As a valued female VFW member, you’re automatically part of our exclusive She Serves community – it’s a free perk of your VFW membership! Network with and stay connected to your peers through tools like Facebook and Twitter. Meet other women veterans and share your story with those who truly understand the distinct pride of deploying as part of our U.S. military. We’re here for each other – day and night.

As a VFW member, you’ll feel the same camaraderie and sisterhood you experience in the armed forces – a welcoming family of close-knit friends who understand what it’s like to be a woman in the military. Not to mention:
  • Advocates helping you file for VA benefits and fighting your cause on Capitol Hill
  • Financial and emotional support for you and your family when you need it most
  • Employment and education connections
  • Opportunities to continue serving your country and comrades

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 Veterans of America
http://www.wvachapter20.org/
A voice for women who have or are serving in the Armed Forces. An advocate for women veteran's rights, issues and benefits.

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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