Women Veterans

Women Veterans: Thank You for Your Service!
The VFW Serves, Supports & Represents You

As a female veteran, you’ve made extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of your country. In doing so, you’ve achieved an elite status that sets you apart from others–including other members of the military. Your service in hostile territory makes you eligible to join the nation’s largest combat veterans’ organization – the VFW. Now it’s time to take advantage of all the benefits, services and camaraderie that you’re entitled to receive.

The Department created a Women Veterans Committee to help identify and respond to unique challenges and interests shared by female veterans. Many VFW Posts are proud to have more female veterans among their ranks and they join women who served in earlier wars as VFW committee members, officers and commanders at the Post, District, Department and National VFW levels. There are numerous female veterans who serve as commanders of their  Post.

The VFW needs your support as our legislative team in Washington is calling on lawmakers and VA officials to meet the special needs of women veterans. Network with and stay connected to your peers through tools like Facebook, this website and the Department’s blast emails. 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.

The National VFW website has a special section dedicated to issues of interest to women veterans.

VFW Annual Women Veterans Retreat
Each Spring, the Department hosts a Women Veterans Retreat at little or no cost to participants. Our latest retreat was held in March when 66 sisters-in-arms came together. The retreat was held in Mechanicsburg and Women Veterans came from all parts of the state and the Northeast, traveling from as far away as Erie, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Massachusetts.

The retreat was an opportunity for women Veterans of all services and eras to gather in camaraderie to honor the dedication and sacrifices of all women who served and are serving today. The weekend focused on services and opportunities available to women Veterans. The main focus areas addressed were: Service Officer support, Military Sexual Trauma counseling, Vet Center services, Women In Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, Women Veteran PA license plate legislation, National VFW Women Veteran issues and concerns, and the beloved service dog organization DOG T.A.G.S. (Train Assist Guide Serve).

Thanks to all the individuals, Posts and Districts that supported the retreat with $15,000 of donations. Your generosity allowed us to treat the Women Veterans to a fantastic weekend. Thank you also to our host Post 7530 in Mechanicsburg for their warm hospitality. Stay tuned for details about the 2019 event. Here’s a photo taken of retreat participants with 2017-18 State Commander Dwight Fuhrman.

VA Resources for Women Veterans
Visit the VA’s page specifically created for women veterans http://www.va.gov/womenvet/. To ask questions about VA benefits or to file a claim please see the “VA Claim Help” section on the home page or call State HQ at (717) 234-7927. We have several female State Service Officers if you prefer to file your claim through a female veteran.

Survey to Identify Unique Challenges Faced by PA’s Approximately 60,000 Women Veterans
Annville, PA – A report by the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics projects that by 2043 the number of women veterans will increase from about 10 percent to more than 16 percent of all living veterans. With this number on the rise, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has partnered on a survey with the Women Veterans Committee of the Governor’s Advisory Council of Veterans Services to identify issues of unique concern to Pennsylvania’s approximately 60,000 women veterans.

“Veterans face a number of challenges transitioning back to civilian status, including access to health care, unemployment and behavioral health issues,” said Maj. Gen. (ret.) Eric Weller, DMVA deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs. “Understanding the needs and the unique challenges of our female veterans is the first step in making sure we provide the right benefits, services and programs.”

The comprehensive survey is available online for easy completion and submission here. The survey is available for completion now through midnight, June 18, 2018.

PA VFW Women Veterans Chairperson
The State VFW Women Veterans Chairperson is Roxann Werner of Red Lion VFW Post 1446. She can be reached at [email protected] or (717) 654-2453.