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Donna Shelton - Fri Nov 05, 2010 @ 05:43AM
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The state's women veterans are now 20,000 strong. But officials say some are having trouble navigating the benefits system because they are not aware of their entitlements after service. Rhonda Norman, a Gulf War veteran was among that group. Her time serving in the war is far from a distant memory; in fact she has a host of medical problems that serves as a constant reminder. "They give me a lot of names for my problems; connective tissue disorder, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, things of that nature," said Norman. The veteran now gets medical care from the VA hospital -- a military benefit she says took years before she realized she had. "I fought the VA system for 9 years before I could really get somebody to listen that 'hey, I am disabled and I do have some issues'," Norman said. Cheryl Rawls, the Little Rock director of the VA regional office says there's another part to the problem. Arkansas now boasts a growing number of women veterans in all branches of the military. "Women don't typically don't see themselves as veterans. And women typically when they are done serving, they come back and they go into their traditional roles as the caretaker and not as a person that should be taken care of," Rawls said. Arkansas now has more than 20,000 of the nation's 1.8 million women veterans. Both Rawls and the associate director of the VA women center in DC, Dr. Betty Brown, say the problem is the same everywhere The first annual women's veteran summit has brought hundreds of those women together to address the issues. "What we are in the midst of is informing women about their benefits, where they can go to get their benefits, and what their benefits consist of," said Rawls. "I think it's wonderful because we in Washington are trying to enhance the benefits and services for women and men veterans," said Dr. Brown. Things have changed substantially in the armed forces but Brown says one thing remains the same: veterans -- women and men -- always have a place to turn to in times of need. The Arkansas Department of Veteran's Affairs believes outreach to all veterans is important regardless of gender. Men and women looking for assistance can call the department at (501) 370-3820. Watch video here: http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=125143.
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Donna Shelton - Thu Aug 05, 2010 @ 09:01AM
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Arkansas’ First Annual

Women Veterans Summit!

Saturday, October 30, 2010
9am – 3:30pm

Pulaski Technical College Campus Center
3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR  72118

(next to the Ft. Roots VA Hospital)

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Affairs Regional Office, and Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System in cooperation with Pulaski Technical College will present Arkansas’ First Annual Women Veterans Summit Saturday, October 30, 2010 at the Pulaski Technical College Campus Center in North Little Rock.

This FREE one day summit is an opportunity for all women with military service to come together and obtain valuable information regarding their earned entitlements and benefits.  As more women choose the military as a career, the need has increased to give more attention to the unique issues facing women veterans.

The summit’s goal is to reach out to these veterans in order to inform, educate, and ensure that they have the knowledge of services available to them and hopefully become involved in outreach for other women veterans who may be in need of help.

The summit will include speakers discussing various topics of interest to women veterans including health care and benefits.  Additionally, exhibitor booths will provide free health screenings, information, resources, and giveaways.  A FREE lunch will be provided by Golden Corral for pre-registrants.  Those attending will have an opportunity to meet, mingle and network with other women veterans.

For more information and to REGISTER, CLICK HERE.

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Each week the Center for Women Veterans of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs honors women veterans through the "Her Story" campaign. The campaign recognizes the important contributions women Veterans have made in our lives and in the success of our Nation.  To commemorate these lasting and profound contributions women Veterans have made over the course of Nation’s history, VA will celebrate the accomplishments of VA women Veteran employees with “Her Story.” 

This week's Honoree: Raquel Riley Thomas

Raquel is currently a Marketing Consultant at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC.   She is responsible for implementing and developing state- of- the art marketing and communication strategies that enhance the Department’s image.  

Raquel started her career in 1990 as a photojournalist in the U.S. Army.  Her supervisors noted her professionalism, passion, and integrity and soon thereafter she was chosen to receive a Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship to Hampton University.  Selected as a “Distinguished Military Graduate,” Raquel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She went on to become an Ordnance Officer in the Army. 

Raquel’s accomplishments have been noted both in her military and corporate career.  She was selected as a “Leader of the Future,” by Ebony Magazine and was also featured in “Who’s Who of America.” As an added personal bonus, she was selected as Mrs. Maryland America on June 12, 2010. She will go on to compete against 50 other married women to vie for Mrs. America 2010.  Raquel’s pageant platform is titled “Veterans Employment: Taking Care of Our Heroes and their Families.”

Source: http://www1.va.gov/WOMENVET/Her_Story.asp.


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Donna Shelton - Thu Jun 24, 2010 @ 06:25AM
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More Than $3.6 Billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits Issued

WASHINGTON (June 23, 2009) - On the 66th anniversary of signing the GI Bill into law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has issued more than $3.6 billion in the bill's newest manifestation, the Post-9/11 GI Bill. 

Benefit payments under the bill, implemented last year, have gone tomore than 285,000 people and their educational institutions.

On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the
Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the GI Bill of Rights.

The Veterans Administration - as it was known at that time -- was
responsible for carrying out the law's key provisions for education and training, loan guaranty for homes, farms or businesses, and unemployment pay. To read more go to http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel.

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Donna Shelton - Tue May 25, 2010 @ 06:54AM
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All Camps are free to children of military personnel:  pre-deployment,deployed, or post deployment. 

Operation Military Kids is offering nine camping opportunities for military youth age 5 - 18.  Check the calendar to learn about day camps for 5 - 8 year olds, weekend camps for 9 - 12 year olds, and residential camps for 13 - 18 year olds!

These camps are offered at no charge, with top priority the children who are impacted by deployment of a loved one.  The military family member may be in the stage of pre-deployment, deployment or post deployment. Camp registration forms are available at www.kidsarus.org - just click on the OMK dogtags.

Army Child, Youth & School Services programs are offered through Army Garrisons, National Guard Family State Program offices or Reserve Regional commands. National 4-H Headquarters provides information to connect military to 4-H programs in their hometowns.

For the full list of camps offered this year, click here: 2010 OMK Camps

Download the registration form, click here: OMK Reg Form

For more information, contact Russell Hooks, at russell.hooks@us.army.mil or by phone at (501)212-4037.

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Donna Shelton - Fri May 14, 2010 @ 10:33AM
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Despite its many visitors, the memorial is running short of funds ARLINGTON, Va. - Garage sales and quilt raffles helped a determined group of female World War II veterans raise money to transform a rundown wall at Arlington National Cemetery into a grand stone memorial to women who served their country. But those women are dying off, even as the memorial runs short of funds. (Source: www.msnbc.msn.com)

Read the full story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37069130/ns/us_news-life/

What more information from AAWV? Suscribe to our electronic newsletter: send an email to arkansasawv@gmail.com, please include your first and last name and the organization or person you represent.

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Donna Shelton - Mon May 10, 2010 @ 07:24AM
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Information Session for Women Veterans
*    When Wednesday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*    Where Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, 1100 N. College Ave., Fayetteville
*    Cost Free
*    Age limit All ages
*    Categories Women

Health conference

FAYETTEVILLE - The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks will host an information session for women veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 in the auditorium of Building 3 on the Fayetteville's medical center campus.
All women who served in the military are invited to the free event.
Representatives will be available to answer questions regarding eligibility, benefits, education, readjustment, compensation and medical care for women veterans.

Guest speakers will include Dr. Jeffery Jones at 11 a.m. to discuss hormone replacement; registered nurse Ann Butler at 11:30 a.m. to discuss osteoporosis; and Dr. Dana Grear at noon to discuss breast health.
Kathleen R. Fogarty, director of the Fayetteville medical center, said women veterans are a "growing and important demographic" that the health care system strives to reach.

For information, contact Carole McAlister, women veterans program manager, at (479) 443-4301. Ext. 5321.

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Donna Shelton - Fri May 07, 2010 @ 10:01AM
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May 7, 2010

Introducing Arkansas Association for Women Veterans ~ New nonprofit to tackle women veterans' issues 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Many women in Arkansas have worn the uniform of the military and served our country; we owe them a debt of thanks. We also owe it to them to recognize and help with issues that are unique to them, as women who have served in the military. The Arkansas Association for Women Veterans (AAWV) has organized to do just that.

The new nonprofit is reaching out to all women veterans around the state of Arkansas; if you're a woman and you've worn a military uniform for any period of time, you're a veteran. The association is dedicated to assisting you and educating the public on who women veterans are and what their needs are.

Throughout the history of the United States and Arkansas, women have served and supported the military in numerous ways. As have their families, friends and communities, who comprise their support network.
While women veterans have many issues in common with their brothers who have served, there are many issues that are unique to them, because they are women.  The AAWV was formed because of this. The association is dedicated to providing a forum for our women veterans, information and networking opportunities and to act as an advocate for women veterans in educating our communities to their issues and needs.   

AAWV also appreciates that "it takes a village" to help our women veterans succeed, so membership is open to women veterans, their spouses, family and support network members. Membership is free.

AAWV has just recently launched its Internet site at www.arkansasawv.org, with information, news and resources, along with an easy-to-complete membership form. The AAWV Facebook page is also now available, which provides a ready forum for networking and feedback. Just go to http://www.facebook.com/ and type in "AAWV" in search.





Additional photos are available on the AAWV Facebook page.

Adrienne H Brietzke
Public Affairs
Arkansas Association
for Women Veterans

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Donna Shelton - Fri May 07, 2010 @ 09:03AM
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Below are some items in the bill that are of particular interest to women veterans and their support members:


Sec. 201. Study of barriers for women veterans to health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sec. 202. Training and certification for mental health care providers of the Department of Veterans Affairs on care for veterans suffering from sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Sec. 203. Pilot program on counseling in retreat settings for women veterans newly separated from service in the Armed Forces.

Sec. 204. Service on certain advisory committees of women recently separated from service in the Armed Forces.
Sec. 205. Pilot program on assistance for child care for certain veterans receiving health care.
Sec. 206. Care for newborn children of women veterans receiving maternity care.

Click here for a copy of the new law: Omnibus Bill

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Donna Shelton - Thu Apr 22, 2010 @ 10:28AM
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1. Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO): will support preparatory apprenticeship opportunities for women entering the construction industry and other non-traditional sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and green jobs. Grant funding also will support the training of Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, employers and labor unions to improve recruitment, selection and retention strategies for women in non-traditional occupations DOL will fund approximately six (6) grants in the amount of up to $300,000 each for a total of $1,800.000. More Info? Go to: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=79vTL1RQLZXhy3cLp5nvGhYdkfJlhDVTMWHm85hQcCfdK410MqTX!1551645396?oppId=53319&mode=VIEW>

2. Veterans' Workforce Investment Program (VWIP):
grants are intended to provide services to assist in reintegrating eligible veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex employability problems facing eligible veterans. The total amount for this grant competition is $2 million. More info? Go to: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=79vTL1RQLZXhy3cLp5nvGhYdkfJlhDVTMWHm85hQcCfdK410MqTX!1551645396?oppId=53204&mode=VIEW>

3. Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP):
grants are intended to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans. The total amount for this grant competition is $8 million. More Info? Go to: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=79vTL1RQLZXhy3cLp5nvGhYdkfJlhDVTMWHm85hQcCfdK410MqTX!1551645396?oppId=53207&mode=VIEW>

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