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 a growing number of female veterans among their ranks, who are joining women who served in earlier wars to serve as VFW committee members, officers and commanders at the Post, District, Department and National VFW levels.
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.
PA VFW Annual Women Veterans Retreat
Each Spring, the Pennsylvania Department of VFW hosts a Women Veterans Retreat at little or no cost to participants thanks to donations from VFW Posts and Districts. 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.
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. Women veterans can also use this portal to locate information about services and programs that provide a broad range of support. To access the VA’s Women Veterans Call Center click here. We have several female State Service Officers if you prefer to file your claim through a female veteran.
PA VFW Women Veterans Chairperson
The State VFW Women Veterans Chairperson is Amy MacKenzie, Quartermaster of Ephrata VFW Post 3376. She can be reached at [email protected] or (717) 575-3982.