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Women Veterans: Chair

From the Chairman

October 2022

THE VETERAN PEER SPECIALIST ACT OF 2021  

“I am a woman. I am joining the military. I can do everything a man can do, and I can and will protect this country.”—anonymous

The Veteran Peer Specialist Act of 2021 would amend the VA Mission Act and expand the peer specialist program to all VA medical centers. According to Senator Richard Blumenthal, “This bill builds on the success of the peer specialist program by connecting more veterans to life-saving mental health support resources.” Peer specialists have been essential to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health programs. To ensure minority veterans, such as women, have a point of contact in a system that may seem bureaucratic and unresponsive to their individualized needs. Peer specialists can provide personalized Women Veterans’ care by establishing goals, increasing engagement, sharing their experiences, and serving as role models.

As a female veteran, I know it can sometimes feel lonely in a world where no one understands what happened to you in the military. Also, it can be harder to connect with non-Veteran females. The American Legion Department of Florida has heard you. We are conducting District/Area wide Women Veteran Forums throughout Florida to ensure we listen to women veterans and understand their challenges. The forums are open to any female veteran; they do not have to belong to the American Legion. The following is the schedule:

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast. Everyone is welcome to come and support female veterans.

9:00-9:30 am Introduction of guests.

9:30-11:00 am Female Veterans Forum (FEMALE VETERANS ONLY)

Our following two forums are:

  1. Women Veterans Forum

October 1, 2022

8:00-11:00

American Legion Post 321

9081 SW 51st Street

Cooper City, FL 33328

 

  1. Women Veterans Forum

November 5, 2022

8:00-11:00

American Legion Post 26

2207 W, Baker Street

Plant City, FL 33653

 

  1. Women Veterans Forum

November 9, 2022

8:00-11:00

American Legion Post 69

1301 W. Bell Stree

Avon Park, FL 33825

WOMEN VETERANS’ MANTRA: “JUST BREATHE”

When you feel angry, sad, frustrated, anxious, depressed, or need a moment to “JUST BREATHE.”

Please repeat your mantra as many times as needed:

You are “Brave”

You are “Resilient”

You are “Essential”

You are “Amazing”

You are “Timeless”

You are” Heroic”

AND YOU ARE “ENOUGH”

“Just BREATHE”!

 

Thank you for supporting Women Veterans!

Deanna Hall
Women Veterans Chair
womenvets@legionmail.org