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Women Veterans' Network logoThe Commonwealth of Massachusetts is proud to honor all of those who have served our country in the armed forces this Veteran’s Day. Massachusetts is also proud to have a strong Women Veteran’s Network that acts as a central resource for women veterans. Established in 1997, the Women Veteran’s Network seeks to gain equal recognition and opportunity for those women who have returned from their service to the Commonwealth. Currently, there are 15,000 women veterans who are a part of the Women Veterans’ Network, and each one is provided with information on federal, state, and local benefits. The Women Veterans’ Network also aims to expand awareness of the needs of women veterans, and meet those needs through available health and human resources.

The Network hosts multiple events throughout the year, one of the major ones being the Annual Conference for Women Veterans. This conference not only fosters a sense of community among women veterans, but it also provides a variety of workshops and interesting guest speakers that pertain to the women’s service. It is a unique opportunity for women veterans to engage in networking, as well as to learn about programs that the Department of Veterans’ Services offers exclusively to Massachusetts’ female veterans. The most recent Conference was held this past summer.

More recently, this past Friday, November 6th, the Women Veterans’ Network hosted their 11th annual Women’s Veterans’ Appreciation day in Memorial Hall of the MA State House. Each year, this event honors the women in the Commonwealth who have served our country.

“Women veterans are the fastest growing segment in the veteran population in the Commonwealth,” said Department of Veterans Services Secretary, Francisco Urena. “Women have come a long way in the military and as veterans they are returning in larger numbers. We are providing a resource to meet their needs with the Women’s Veteran Network which we encourage all women to join to support each other and share their experiences of transition.”

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito & Veterans Secretary Francisco Urena

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito & Secretary Francisco Urena

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