The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Women Veterans Advisory Committee is asking women veterans to register now for the free “Honoring the Past… Driving into the Future Summit”, Saturday, June 29th from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, in Tacoma, WA. “With more and more women in the military it is absolutely essential that we connect with them and help them access benefits and services they earned,” WDVA Director Lourdes “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos said. “All too often I meet women who don’t think they’re veterans for one reason or another. Our message is simple, if you served your country honorably, you are a veteran and we are here to serve you.”
Topics to be covered include: Health, Transitioning to Civilian Life, Finance, Leadership, Wellness, Mental Health, Employment, Education / Small Business and Veterans Benefits. There is no registration fee; however, pre-registration is required. You can register by going to the website listed below and completing the on-line registration form.
This free summit will provide women veterans with comprehensive information regarding the opportunities and challenges women veterans face today, information on benefits and services they might be entitled to the opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new ones.
Building on last year’s success, Alex Quade (War Reporter) will serve as Master of Ceremonies to create an inspiring atmosphere and tone that ultimately influences and empowers women veterans to action. Alex is gifted in engaging her audience in a thoughtful and purposeful manner. Our guest speaker, BG (Retired) Becky Halstead (USMA ’81) will lead an interactive panel discussion that focuses on individual empowerment and awareness around health and wellness.
The role of the WDVA Women Veterans Advisory Committee is to locate, identify, and assess the needs of Washington women veterans, provide information to meet the needs of women veterans to include benefits, entitlements, education, employment, and training, through a referral and follow-up process; recommend and plan events, which enhance a positive image of women veterans and coordinate and monitor efforts to accomplish the above goals.
The Committee is proud to be a catalyst for this unique conference designed to ensure women veterans are provided with ALL resources to which they are entitled. By holding this summit, the committee hopes that more women veterans will learn about their rights and benefits, as well as become more familiar with the many programs offered throughout the state. The goal is to provide them with the tools they need to succeed and thrive in a challenging economy.
Other partners include the WestCare Foundation who have facilitated sponsorship by Standard Process, Inc, to enable the summit to provide top rated guest speakers, panel members, and a hosted luncheon and RallyPoint/6 who have been in the forefront of establishing an agenda that provokes women to seek the opportunities available they sometimes are not aware of – encouraging successful networking between women veterans who have made successful transitions into the public and private sectors.
The Committee is also inviting participation by local sponsors and businesses. There will be information booths and an opportunity for businesses to provide sponsorship at several levels, including direct financial support through donations, booth sponsorship, and in-kind donations.
Find out more about the conference at HERE.