American Women Veterans Foundation is working to develop a multi-pronged approach to help servicewomen, veterans and their families. At this time and with our limited organizational funding, our efforts have been focused toward cost efficient, yet effective programs.
- Awareness Program — We currently partner with local communities and universities to raise awareness and educate America about the contribution of women in service. Through lectures, panel discussions and documentary screenings we engage the American public directly with women who have served in the military in previous eras as well as those that have served in combat and have come home to transition back into civilian life. In addition, AWV does a significant amount of media interviews and consulting with major media outlets, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Associated Press, to educate media on the issues relevant to women veterans and their families so that they, in turn, can accurately educate and raise awareness to the public. Visit our Media & News page to see the latest updates.
- Advocacy Program — We work with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of servicewomen, veterans and familial issues in order to bring about effective and lasting change to policies directly affecting our members. On a regular basis, AWV reaches out to our members through emails, Facebook and Twitter, so that when called to advise and review legislation, we have the most up-to-date and relevant assessment of the needs of our members. Visit our Advocacy page to see the latest updates.
As with many new non-profits, the need far exceeds the funds and resources available to implement programs. We hope that defining what we plan/hope to do in the future, that people will get a sense of what direction AWV is headed. Our goal, is to improve the lives of women veterans and their families… this means removing roadblocks to their success. If you’re interested in assisting or sponsoring one of these programs, please email email@example.com.
- Outdoor Program — AWV achieved great success with our partnership with Outward Bound and we hope to reinvigorate similar programs in the near future. Our outdoor programs brought veterans together in a stress-free outdoor environment that allowed them to focus on camaraderie, teamwork and finding healing through the process of overcoming personal and physical obstacles. In the past, these all-expenses paid outdoor retreats received rave reviews from the participants, with numerous letters of gratitude from the veterans that attended the retreats. Many called their trips “life-changing.”
- Education Program – AWV’s goal is to see that all women veterans have the tools and resources they need to achieve their dreams. Many women veterans are single parents and some live on incomes that don’t allow them to pay for childcare costs even while attending school full time with the new Post 9/11 GI Bill. Additionally, not all veterans qualify for the new GI Bill. This program will ensure that the participants who are accepted, receive supplemental funding to pursue their educational goals.
- Transitional Housing Program – The fastest growing demographic of Afghanistan and Iraq homeless veteran in the United States, is women veterans with children. The military fosters cohesion and teamwork and many veterans feel they lose that when they leave the military. We hope to partner with other organizations to create a housing program that brings all of the necessary elements of success together for women veterans in a safe and family friendly environment. Veterans don’t want a hand out, they want a hand up.