We’d like to bring attention to an organization that we feel is especially noteworthy. The American Women Veterans is a non-profit organization that started small, but has developed into a sophisticated team oriented toward “preserving and promoting the legacy of servicewomen, veterans, and their families.”
Funded by donations and supporters, and staffed by volunteers, the AWV is one of the strongest, non-partisan groups that advocates for our nation’s veterans. They focus largely in spreading awareness throughout Congress of the sacrifices our women veterans have made and the dedication with which they persevere.
The mission, as stated by the AWV includes encouraging Congress to provide improved legislation in support of women veterans, providing retreats and conferences designed to build the strength of the community of women veterans and the communities in which they live. Also addressed are goals to increase awareness in America’s communities of the positive contribution which women veterans have made to our society; not singling out any specific group, but advocating for women from all eras of war and all branches of service.
Still in the growing stages of becoming a national organization, AWV is largely working on its programs of advocacy and awareness, but their vision doesn’t end there. Solid goals have been made to create healing and educational environments. Also in the works is a transitional housing program. One of the fastest growing homeless populations is women veterans, including those with children. AWV is trying to work together with other organizations to create a transitional housing environment. They want to build a sense of strength in community and teamwork that are lacking in the veteran community.
There are many more great things about this organization, and the best way to find out about them all is to visit their web page. The site features news about the events that AWV is concerned with, as well as a reader’s blog which features content produced by women veterans and their families.
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