• Nov 15, 2019
  • 1:37 PM

Women Veterans – Federal

Benefit Category: Federal

Center for Women Veterans

The role of the VA Center for Women Veterans is to monitor and coordinate VA’s administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans.  Serve as an advocate for a cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

Grace After Fire

Grace After Fire is a resource solely for women veterans to support their need to connect with each other and share yet remain anonymous. These women can reach out to others who have experienced the same concerns of re-entry, alcoholism, drug addiction or prescription addiction due to chronic pain, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), incidents of service time rape, depression, unwarranted anger, or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) due to war time trauma.

Contact Information:

Phone: 877-490-5797 (Toll Free)

Website: http://www.graceafterfire.org/

Homeless Female Veterans

Homelessness among women veterans is expected to rise as increasing numbers of women in the military reintegrate into their communities as veterans. Women currently make up 8% of the total veteran population and 14.6% of the active duty military, increasing to an estimated 16% by 2035. The number of homeless women veterans has doubled from 1,380 in 2006 to 3,328 in 2010. This offers links to several programs for female veterans.

Military Sexual Trauma

Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity in which one is involved against one’s will – he or she may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities. Other experiences that fall into the category of MST include unwanted sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities; and/or threatening or unwelcome sexual advances.

National Association of State Women Veteran Coordinators

The purpose of this organization is to exchange ideas, information and training to facilitate reciprocal service for women veterans and to secure uniformity, equality and effectiveness in providing these services to women veterans; furthermore, identify issues of concern to the women veterans community, and develop recommendations to address these concerns through legislative, programmatic, and outreach activities.

The National Women’s Health Information Center

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) was established in 1991 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its Vision is to ensure that “All Women and Girls are Healthier and Have a Better Sense of Well Being." Its mission is to “provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches." The strategy OWH uses to achieve its mission and vision is through the development of innovative programs, by educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.

Contact Information:

Office on Women’s Health

Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 712E

Washington, DC 20201

Telephone: 202-690-7650

Fax: 202-205-2631

Women Veterans Call Center

Calling all women who served in the United States Military, do you know your Veteran status?  Do you have a Veteran ID card?  Do you receive any benefits from the VA, like the GI Bill?  Do you receive health care benefits from VA?  If you do not know the answers to these questions Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established a call center just for you.

The Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) answers questions and responds to concerns from women Veterans, their families, and caregivers across the nation about VA services and resources.  The call is free, and you can call as often as you like until you have the answers to your questions.  The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.

Women in Military Service For America Memorial

Mission: “Let the generations know that the women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom". – Anne S. (Sosh) Brehm 1LT, USA NC, World War II

Contact Information:

Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation

Dept. 560

Washington, DC 20042-0560

Phone: 703-533-1155 • Toll Free: 800-222-2294

FAX: 703-931-4208 • E-mail: hq@womensmemorial.org

Women Veterans Health

Women Veterans Health Care addresses the health care needs of women Veterans and works to ensure that timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide. We strive to be a national leader in the provision of health care for women, thereby raising the standard of care for all women.

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. DD214s can be registered for safe keeping at your County Records office.