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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 @VAWomenVets.


09/20/2021 04:00 PM EDT

In mindfulness practice, we focus on something as an anchor, like physical sensations in the body or awareness of breath or sound. [From VAntage Point]
09/20/2021 03:33 PM EDT

When asked why she chose to complete Ranger school, she simply responded with, “Why not?” 1st Woman to complete Army Ranger School. Congratulations Captain! [From Defense Visual Information Distribution Service]
09/20/2021 11:30 AM EDT

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Irene Halfman LaFever, who served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. When the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941, the military drafted most available men. On the home front in Lowell, Iowa, Irene Halfman LaFever took on work in a factory where she packed lead arsenic powder to support the war effort. [From VAntage Point]

We honor her service.
09/20/2021 08:29 AM EDT

Fact Finding Committee on Women Veteran Benefits and Communications Women Veterans Town Hall Meeting - Save the Date! Orlando - September 23, 2021, Jacksonville - October 7, 2021, Pensacola - October 21, 2021, Fort Lauderdale - October 28, 2021 Topics of Discussion: Ensuring Veteran Services in Florida are tailored toward Women Veterans; Improving your VA Experience Virtual option will be available. [From Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs]
09/16/2021 11:30 AM EDT

During Hispanic Heritage Month, today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Sandra Cancinos, who served as a helicopter door gunner in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sandra Cancinos enlisted in the Army in 2005 and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. In an interview with the Veterans History Project, she said that basic training gave her discipline and introduced her to one of her best friends, who she remains in contact with today. [From VAntage Point]

We honor your service, Sandra!
09/15/2021 02:56 PM EDT

In Celebrations of National Hispanic Heritage Month we are highlighting Hispanic Veterans who participated in the I AM NOT INVISIBLE (IANI) Campaign. Ana Claudio, United States Navy Veteran 1995-2019, Senior Chief Yeoman. Find more of these photos in our Albums. We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.
09/15/2021 02:01 PM EDT

Deciding whether to breastfeed or chestfeed is a very personal decision that many parents make during their lives. There are many health benefits associated with lactation and provision of human milk to infants. [From VAntage Point]