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In Case You Missed It:  The Center for Women Veterans is sharing recent news stories that may be of interest to women Veterans, military women, and their supporters on a weekly basis.  Share your thoughts about them on social media with the hashtag #womenVets.


03/06/2018 07:00 AM EST

Get the Recruitment & Retention, Employment & Integration, Well Being & Treatment, Servicwomen in the News, Women Veterans, and Upcoming Events DACOWITS news from March 2, 2018. [From DACOWITS]

03/05/2018 06:01 PM EST

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is U.S. Army Veteran Janet A. Bachmeyer.  Janet served during from 1944 to 1974 during World War II, the Korean War the Vietnam War. [From VAntage Point]

We honor her service.

03/05/2018 11:56 AM EST

In March 2017, Soldier On:  Life After Deployment premiered on public television during Women’s History Month.  The documentary chronicles the challenges that three women confront as they readjust to civilian life after their post-9/11 military service, which included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Over the past year, Soldier On has aired 1,100-plus times on public television stations across the country.

This month during Women’s History Month 2018, the film will again be broadcast widely across the United States.  Please check your local listings and also the events section of the Soldier On Facebook page for dates and times. [From Tree of Life Productions]

03/04/2018 06:01 PM EST

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Florence Phyllis Hepfner.  Phyllis served from 1944 to 1982. [From VAntage Point]

We honor her service.

03/04/2018 08:46 AM EST

Remembering the aspirations, struggles and accomplishments of women who served a century ago. [From Smithsonian]

03/04/2018 08:46 AM EST

We’re less than two months away from Honor Flight of Southern Indiana’s 8th trip to Washington, D.C., but the local group needs your help finding Veterans to go on this once in a lifetime trip!  Honor Flight 8 takes off Saturday, May 5th. [From 14 News]

03/04/2018 08:46 AM EST

U.S. Navy Veteran Shynae Murphy felt like she won the lottery when she walked through the front door of her newly renovated Algonquin home for the first time.  She envisioned her family moving from their second-floor Chicago apartment into the two-story, mortgage-free house, complete with a full yard and a finished basement. [From Stars and Stripes]

03/04/2018 08:46 AM EST

Navy and Marine Corps Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with mental health problems were unfairly given less-than-honorable discharges by the Navy, preventing them from getting Veterans Affairs benefits and other support, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. [From The Virginian-Pilot]

03/04/2018 08:46 AM EST

Veterans teamed with service dogs have lower levels of depression and anxiety and higher levels of life satisfaction, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. [From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

03/04/2018 08:46 AM EST

‘I wasn’t chosen to be the first.  I was chosen to be the First Captain.’ [From Time]

03/04/2018 08:46 AM EST

In our nation’s history, women have been both loud and quiet influencers in shaping this country – as wives, mothers, workers, teachers, and leaders.  In March, we celebrate their many accomplishments. [From Military Times]

03/03/2018 06:00 PM EST

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Marie Terese Pirjevec Cochran.  Marie served in the Army Medical Service Corps from 1986 to 2010. [From VAntage Point]

We honor your service, Marie!

03/02/2018 06:01 PM EST

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Georgieanna Dankulich Scowden.  Georgieanna served from 1973 to 1976 during the Vietnam War. [From VAntage Point]

We honor her service.

03/02/2018 11:50 AM EST

Lindsay Church comes from a military family, and as a teenager, she planned to join the Navy right after high school.  Her plans changed, however, in the face of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – the Department of Defense policy born on Feb. 28, 1994, that barred gay, lesbian or bisexual servicemembers from serving openly the military. [From Task & Purpose]

03/02/2018 11:50 AM EST

Only about 2 percent of the physicians and other health care providers in New York State are equipped to provide timely and quality care to Veterans in the community, according to a new RAND Corporation study.  Scoring the civilian medical workforce across seven measures of readiness to treat Veterans, the study found that most providers fell short on items such as being familiar with the military culture or routinely screening for conditions common among Veterans. [From Medical Xpress]

03/02/2018 11:50 AM EST

PINK Concussions and the VA’s National Center for PTSD say that brain donations can help close knowledge gaps on TBIs in women in and outside of the military. [From Everyday Health]

03/02/2018 11:50 AM EST

One year after the Marines United scandal leaped into the public spotlight, the Corps has armed itself with new policies and tools to go after perpetrators involved in revenge porn-related offenses and social media misconduct.  To date, the Corps has carried out 80 dispositions of cases linked to the crackdown on online-related misconduct during the past year. [From Marine Corps Times]

03/02/2018 11:50 AM EST

Research into concussions often does not involve women, including women Veterans.  In an effort to gather more data, the nonprofit Pink Concussions has started a collaboration with the Veterans Health Administration to promote the idea of women posthumously donating their brains for future studies. [From KPBS]

03/02/2018 07:26 AM EST

The deck of a nuclear warship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is a dangerous and loud place to be; beneath the deck, it’s not much different especially when you run into Captain Amy Bauernschmidt.  The Milwaukee native is second in command of the USS Abraham Lincoln. [From Fox 6 Now]

03/01/2018 06:00 PM EST

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Bethany “Beth” Katherine Juris.  Beth served from 2000 to 2005 during the war in Iraq. [From VAntage Point]

We honor your service, Beth!

03/01/2018 04:56 PM EST

March is Women’s History Month, and VA would like to celebrate in part by reflecting on our proud history in serving women Veterans.  Read on to see why this important time of year means so much to our team. [From VAntage Point]

03/01/2018 04:23 PM EST

Honoring Her Service - DAV pays tribute to the nation’s women Veterans.  Access it online [From DAV]

03/01/2018 10:57 AM EST

This March, Women’s History Month, Team Red, White & Blue is proud to partner with the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Center for Women’s Veterans, on the Women Veteran Athletes Initiative, presented by Comcast NBCUniversal.  Launching March 1st, the initiative will showcase women veterans, including many Eagles, in a powerful photography exhibit photographed by award winning photographer and veteran, Stacy Pearsall of the Veterans Portrait Project. [From Team RWB]

03/01/2018 10:05 AM EST

The National Resource Directory is one of the largest online collections of government and non-government resources specifically designed for Veterans, service members, their families and caregivers.  With a unique collection of more than 16,000 organized and vetted resources, the directory provides information covering a variety of topics, including benefits and compensation, education, homeless assistance, housing and other services. [From VAntage Point]

03/01/2018 09:50 AM EST

Today, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services released its 2017 annual report on matters relating to women serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.  DACOWITS provides the Department of Defense with advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to women in the Armed Forces. [From U.S. Department of Defense]

03/01/2018 09:26 AM EST

Lieutenant Colonel Kate Germano led female marine recruits to succeed in a system that expected little from women and kept them out of infantry roles.  In Fight Like a Girl, she recounts bringing up performance scores and morale at the Parris Island training facility, and the outrageous lack of support from she received from the Marine Corps, which fired her a year into the job. [From Forword Reviews]

03/01/2018 09:26 AM EST

Rhonda Quinn of Georgetown had accompanied her husband to an appointment Wednesday at the Temple VA when she came across the booths set up for the Heart Health Fair for women in the lobby of Teague Hospital.  The Women Veterans Health Program was handing out bags filled with information on the importance of knowing your numbers - blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, BMI and waist measurement. [From TDT News]

03/01/2018 09:08 AM EST

Crystal Muscatello joined the Army National Guard in 2006.  She was deployed to Iraq in 2009 and was honorably discharged in 2015.  This is her story on how she is dealing with multiple sclerosis. [From VAntage Point]

02/28/2018 02:31 PM EST

On Feb. 15, VA and the National Military Family Association hosted the #ExploreVA Facebook Live event on VA education benefit changes.  Robert M. Worley II, VA’s director of Education Service, and Besa Pinchotti, communications director for NMFA, discussed these recent changes and how they may affect Veterans, service members and their family members looking to further their education. [From VAntage Point]

02/28/2018 08:38 AM EST

This week, for the first time ever, two women are testifying before Congress as the top officials at major Veterans organizations, helping to set the national agenda on a host of care and program issues.  That’s a big deal to many in the Veterans community, but not to the two commanders. [From Military Times]

02/27/2018 01:38 PM EST

Many bloody noses, black eyes and bruises stood between Senior Airman Jessica Ortiz-Villa and becoming the first woman in the Air Force Global Strike Command to serve as a Raven.  Ravens are specially trained security forces personnel who provide security for aircraft that travel through high threat areas. [From Great Falls Tribune]