Over 50 women veterans groups are meeting in Atlanta to form a new coalition

Jake Hughes
June 28, 2018 - 9:23 am

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

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When people think of veterans, the image in their mind is usually that of a man. And indeed, males make up the largest portion of the veteran community. However, women veterans are the quickest growing population of veterans, and they have specific needs that must be met. Now, a sort of “super group” of female-centric veteran organizations is forming to help bring those issues to the limelight.

Dr. Ellen Haring is a member of SWAN, the Service Women’s Action Network, the group that came up with the idea. “In 2017, we began researching organizations that serve women veterans, and what we discovered was there were over 150. What we found is that most of these groups are tiny, and we thought there might be power in uniting them,” said Haring.

With this in mind, SWAN took charge in organizing the first “Military Women’s Coalition.” So far, over 45 of the groups have confirmed attendance. The goal is to figure out exactly how the coalition will operate within the veteran community. The inaugural meeting will decide how each group will participate, how many resources they are willing to commit. It and will be the “beginning of the next step,” according to Dr. Haring.

Dr. JoAnn Fisher, founder of Women Veterans United Committee, Inc., says that the meeting is of utmost importance and urges anyone who can attend to do so: “All of you out there, come. You must come! If I can come on a Greyhound bus, you can, too. Come take the word back home. Organizations, show up, we need you, this is a must call to arms.”

The inaugural meeting of the Military Women’s Coalition will be held on September 7th, 2018 in Atlanta, GA, at 1180 Peachtree St NE. All who are able to attend are welcome.

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