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Women Veterans: Chair

From the Chairman

November 2023

This month, I want to issue a Challenge to you all. Can you “Be The One” to “Make a difference” in recognizing our female Veterans?

Women have contributed and still serve in the most professional, educated, and strongest military the U.S. has ever seen. Despite their longstanding service, many women Veterans struggle to feel recognized or respected as Veterans in civilian life. After all they have done, they deserve the respect and support they earned through their service.

Florida is home to more than 165,000 women Veterans, the second-largest population in the nation.

My Challenge– as we work on recruiting new members, how can you reach out to our female Veteran population in your area? What best practices have you established to get the word out? I would look forward to reading some of your success stories.

Joan Suelter
Women Veterans Chair

It’s been a busy month. I had the honor of meeting the Women Veteran Research Manager for Bay Pines VA Medical Center and will attend an event on 10-21-23 at Bay Pines, Walk for Breast Cancer. I encourage all the women Veterans to come out and meet and greet your fellow women Veterans.

I went to the SOF Missions retreat for our female warriors on 10-13-23 and met 12 new female Veterans. I attended the first retreat for the women, and if anyone would like to participate in this retreat, I highly recommend it. You get to meet some amazing women, and it’s a place of healing.
Just call me, and I will put you in contact with them.

On another note, Highlands County Veterans are getting a bigger clinic. They also had the honor of meeting the Director of Bay Pines. The new clinic will be around 17,000 square feet and offer more services at the new location.

Judy Casey
Women Veterans Vice Chair