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Women Veterans Recognition Day June 12, 2023

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. We are working with the Legislature to ensure that this is a permanent recognition day in Michigan. Stay tuned for the celebration announcement, our team is working on a fun event for the whole family to honor women veterans and their service.

Read the Proclamation
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MVAA Women Veterans Conference 2023

This year’s Women Veterans Conference will be held Oct. 19-22 at the beautiful UAW Black Lake Conference Center in Onaway! Please save the date — conference details, including registration information, will be released soon.

If you would like to be put on an email list to get up to date information, please email

Request For Proposals -- please submit by July 31 at 5 p.m.

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MVAA Women Veterans Conference 2022

Women veterans from across Michigan gathered in downtown Lansing for two days in June 2022 to learn about advocacy and resources, create new connections and share their testimonies. The first-ever MVAA Women Veterans Conference successfully brought together nearly 150 women veterans from all walks of life with a goal of raising awareness of their contributions and sacrifices and improving women veteran services. The historic conference reinforced the MVAA’s goal of serving all veterans, including underserved and underrepresented veteran populations. It also highlighted the MVAA’s highly successful She is A Veteran (SIAV) campaign, through which six women veterans tell their powerful stories of life during and after military service.

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She Is a Veteran

She is a Veteran is a women veteran's outreach campaign designed to:

  1. Connect women to their identity as veterans
  2. Change the public perception of what veterans look like
  3. Connect women veterans to benefits
  4. Connect women veterans to community

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.

We encourage you to share these stories.

Women Veterans Connect

Military Sisterhood Initiative (Virtual)

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!
Learn More About the Initiative

Michigan Women Veterans Forum on Facebook (Virtual)

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!
Visit the Forum

Women Veteran Strong Peer Support

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.
Learn More About the Program

Vet Support

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).
Find a Vet Center

Resources for Woman Veterans

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Women Veterans Program Manager

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.
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Military Sexual Trauma

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

Ann Arbor VA

Battle Creek VA

Detroit VA

Saginaw VA

Iron Mountain VA

Beyond MST mobile app
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Bystander Intervention Training for Veterans

The VA Bystander Intervention Training for Veterans will help you know what you can do if you witness sexual harassment or assault. Spend 30 minutes in this online training now to learn how to recognize a hostile situation, how to respond to it, and how to get help.

Connect With Us

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