Female Veteran Stand Down 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
At the Female Veteran Stand Down, Volunteers of America Michigan and Association of Women Veterans plan to bring together 300 female veterans and 35 service agencies in a tribute to these women who served their country. We know many of these women will be homeless and unemployed. Many will be struggling with the after effects of Military Sexual Trauma. Others will be in need of child care, food assistance, family housing. The Stand Down will help them with all these problems, but also will offer something deserving to every woman who has served her country: An acknowledgment and respect for their service and sacrifice. For cultural reasons, many women don’t even identify themselves as veterans when they return to civilian life. When that happens, it’s as if those years of service are forgotten. Hard-earned benefits go unclaimed. And help may be available but not sought. And these women suffer and struggle in silence. The Stand Down is a chance to address those gaps.
When & Where
Volunteers of America Michigan & the Association of Women Veterans
Volunteers of America Michigan is a nonprofit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. VOAMI has made ending veteran homelessness a strategic priority and is the largest private provider in the state. Providing both housing and employment assistance, VOAMI strives to aid veterans from all eras to overcome barriers to success.
The Association of Women Veterans is a group of women veterans who have lived the military life, but are in hope of redefining and transitioning; not only what we have learned in the military, but what we have learned in college. The Association of Women Veterans is an organization that works within the University of Michigan-Dearborn on developing mentorship, but also friendly faces on campus that want to reach out to those veterans that have just returned home, or who want to have a place to belong, a group that understands each other because of our military backgrounds. The Association of Women Veterans is also a huge supporter with community neighbors. The AOWV has worked with Volunteers of America to reach out to women, children, veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. AOWV also is helping to expand the Veterans Village in Old Redford. By helping others we can help ourselves but not just ourselves, but the veterans of the future. Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AssociationofWomenVeterans