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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.


07/09/2018 11:23 AM EDT

“Call the Veterans Crisis Line.”  VA is excited to announce that service members and Veterans can connect to the Veterans Crisis Line using these simple words. [From VAntage Point]

07/09/2018 09:35 AM EDT

VA recently selected three winners in its Gun Safety Matters Challenge, an open-innovation contest to develop cost-effective solutions for firearm storage, which Veterans and their families or friends could use to prevent suicide, injury or accidents.  With solutions from private industry and academia, as well as talented individuals who care deeply about preventing suicide and enhancing firearm safety, VA is working with winners of the challenge to learn more about their innovations. [From VAntage Point]

07/09/2018 08:40 AM EDT

U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) are honoring the groundbreaking service of the women who connected American and French forces on the front lines during World War I.  The Senators’ bipartisan Hello Girls Congressional Gold Medal Act will award the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, dubbed the Hello Girls, with the Congressional Gold Medal for their service and subsequent 60 year fight to be recognized as Veterans.  Read more » [From U.S. Senator Jon Tester]

07/09/2018 08:40 AM EDT

Ana P. (Martinez) Wallis, 48, has been to hell and back, but if you ask the Lacy Lakeview resident about it, she’ll tell you that it’s only made her stronger.  That’s because she learned she’s not alone. [From Waco Tribune-Herald]

07/05/2018 09:03 AM EDT

The role of women in the military has been noted to be controversial since the early 1900’s.  Yes, I’m referring to World War I. [From Champagne and Beyond]

07/05/2018 09:03 AM EDT

When Jen Pilcher first launched MilitaryOneClick — an online information source for members of the military community — in 2012, she struggled to bring readers to her site and make it profitable.  Looking turn things around, she enrolled in 2013 in Patriot Boot Camp (PBC), a nonprofit training program for Veterans and military spouses who want to become more successful entrepreneurs. [From Forbes]

07/05/2018 09:03 AM EDT

They represent what’s been called the Greatest Generation, and sadly, there’s no stopping the inevitable fight against time.  According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, at least 362 Veterans of World War II die every day, and most – if not all – who remain are in their 90s. [From ABC 11]

07/05/2018 09:03 AM EDT

Elizabeth “Betty” Brier spent much of her century-plus of existence flipping the script on a man’s world while serving humanity with a fervor.  Some seven decades ago, her patriotism brimmed as she watched five brothers, 11 male cousins and her sweetheart, who later would become her husband, march off to World War II. [From NWI Times]

07/05/2018 09:03 AM EDT

Marine Corps Veteran Kirstie Ennis’s helicopter crashed in Afghanistan in 2012, leaving her with an above-the-knee amputation, a broken neck, and facial reconstruction.  Since then, she added competitive snowboarder and mountain climber to her accomplishments, and recently, she added pin-up model. [From Breitbart]

07/03/2018 06:01 PM EDT

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Rebekah Lloyd.  Rebekah served in the Army as a 25S Satellite Communications Operator from 2006 to 2015. [From VAntage Point]

We honor your service, Rebekah!

07/03/2018 07:41 AM EDT

Being injured in combat is never an easy thing. Losing your right shoulder and your right eye is hard enough, but one Air Force MSgt had to deal with that, and injuries that hide from sight.  Now, she’s taking a long walk to bring awareness to those illnesses. [From Connecting Vets]

07/03/2018 07:41 AM EDT

The 2018 midterm election season isn’t just shaping up to be the year of the woman – it’s also looking like it will be the year of the female Veteran.  Of more than two-dozen Democratic Veterans who have lined up to run for Congress this fall to help win back 23 seats needed to flip the House majority, more than a third of those candidates are women – many of whom have a high likelihood of winning their elections in November. [From Mic]

07/03/2018 07:41 AM EDT

Two Leechburg residents won top employee awards from the Pittsburgh Veterans Healthcare System.  John Forina and Rebecca Knapp received Gold and Silver awards, respectively, from the Veterans Administration. [From Trib Live]

07/03/2018 07:41 AM EDT

The U.S. Military Academy is welcoming a new class of more than 1,200.  Monday is reception day, or R-Day, at West Point. [From Army Times]

07/02/2018 04:07 PM EDT

VA released state-level Veteran suicide data today as a follow-up to its 2015 National Suicide Data Report, which was released on June 18.  Alongside the state data sheets, VA also published the National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide, a strategic framework for the nation’s collective efforts to prevent Veteran suicide over the next decade. [From VAntage Point]

07/02/2018 09:22 AM EDT

VHA’s innovation podcast, VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA:IE), is back with a brand new episode.  This time, the series is looking at the ways VA is advancing Veteran care by using 3D printing in innovative and cutting-edge ways. [From VAntage Point]

07/02/2018 07:30 AM EDT

Drinking can be a concern for many people.  Veterans can fall into behavior of using alcohol to cope with emotional distress following a deployment or transition out of the military. [From VAntage Point]