The annual Women Veterans 5k Fun Run/Walk took place virtually this year. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped raise money for a good cause!
2019 Women Veterans 5k Fun Run/Walk was a success! We partnered with the Michigan Women's Commission to host this event in downtown Lansing. Proceeds from the race went to WINC for All Women Veterans, Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment, and MOXIE Wild.
Women Veterans Recognition Day is a day to celebrate women who have served in the military. It is important that we have days like this, because many women are overlooked and feel invisible when it comes to be recognized for their service.
The historical significance of June 12 comes from the anniversary of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, which was signed into law on June 12, 1948 by President Truman. It allowed women to serve as permanent, regular members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force.
Every year since 2018, partner organizations and MVAA have worked with the Michigan State Legislature to request a resolution for Women Veterans Recognition Day. In 2019 the Michigan House of Representative and the Senate passed resolutions for the day, and Governor Whitmer signed a Proclamation.
She is a Veteran is a women veteran's outreach campaign designed to:
The campaign consists of 6 women veterans who represent the diverse backgrounds of Michigan veterans. These women share their stories hoping that their personal journeys will resonate with all individuals and can encourage military women to speak up and proudly identify with their veteran status.
This is a virtual platform for women of the military (active duty, reserve, veterans). You can join almost 5,000 military women on this Facebook-like platform through Challenge America. Some benefits of joining: You get to be in a community of women-only, it is a safe space, there are endless activities, and resources to help get you connected to the benefits you've earned!
Facebook for Michigan Women Veterans only. This page is monitored by a woman veteran and was initially created by the Michigan Women's Commission. It is a great way to connect locally for meetups and get to know women veterans that live nearby!
Call 248-519-2325 to connect to a peer support group in your community. These meetings are facilitated by Peer Support Specialists through the Walking with Warriors program at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that offer a wide range of mental health services to veterans, active duty service members, members of the National Guard, and Reservists. Find a Vet Center near you or contact Vet Center Staff toll free at 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387).
Each VA Medical Center has a Women Veterans Program Manager available to assist and coordinate services for women veterans. They are a great resource for understanding what kind of services you may eligible for at the VA. Find your VA Medical Center and ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager.
If a veteran has experienced sexual trauma while serving in the military, they may be eligible to receive care even if: they are not service connected, did not report the incident(s) when it occurred, or whether they have submitted a disability claim to receive care. Find your military sexual trauma coordinator in Michigan and get started with the healing process.
Military Sexual Trauma Coordinators
1-800-MICH-VET to be connected to resources or the Women Veterans Coordinator
Women Veterans Call Center- Monday through Friday 8am to 10 pm EST. A trained VA woman staff member will answer the call and assess the veteran or family members' needs.
Both call and chat are anonymous