The Department of Veterans’ Services, in acknowledging that women Veterans have needs and concerns not experienced by the male population, created the Women Veterans’ Network in 1997. Its purpose is to find women who served in the military, some of whom may not be aware that they are Veterans and eligible for benefits. The Network is the central resource for women Veterans in Massachusetts. Its mission is to provide women Veterans with information on federal, state, and local benefits; expand awareness of the needs of women Veterans and identify available health and human resources to meet those needs; and advocate on behalf of women Veterans in Massachusetts.
Census and population surveys indicate that 26,818 women Veterans live in the Commonwealth. The Women Veterans’ Network maintains a confidential database of women Veterans in Massachusetts. The database is used as a mailing list for the Network’s biannual newsletter, which contains information on benefits, programs, and events for women Veterans.
To add your name to the Database of Women Veterans, please call, write, or email the Women Veterans’ Network and request that your name be added. Information needed for addition:
- • full name;
- • mailing address;
- • branch of service and years of service (optional).
- The annual Women Are Veterans Too! event, sponsored by the Women Veterans’ Network, takes place at the State House during the week of Veterans’ Day. The ceremony includes a presentation of the Outstanding Woman Veteran Award. The Network participates in other informational events throughout the year.
- Members of the Women Veterans’ Network Committee include women Veterans from all eras, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs representatives, local Veterans’ Service Officers, and representatives of Veterans’ services organizations, and active duty military personnel. The Committee meets bimonthly to share information and work on projects.
The Women Veterans’ Network Committee compiled a booklet answering the 36 most frequently asked questions of Massachusetts’ women veterans. This publication is an easy-to-use reference tool that points readers to the federal and state programs and resources available to women Veterans. The 36 Frequently Asked Questions book is available at no charge; call or email to request a copy at: (617) 210-5778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women Veterans’ Network has a Speakers’ Bureau consisting of women Veterans interested in speaking about their experiences in the military. The Network receives requests from cities and towns, schools, organizations, and private groups looking for speakers at different Veterans’ events, especially on Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. To become a member of the Speakers’ Bureau or to request a speaker, contact the Women Veterans’ Network.