Women Veterans Alliance shuts down chapters in order to shift focus

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By Connecting Vets

The Women Veterans Alliance will no longer have local chapters, but its mission of empowering female veterans will continue.

“We are continuing to utilize our strength in the women veteran community by leveraging our online and social media presence to connect women veterans with each other and resources,” explained WVA founder and CEO Melissa Washington. 

Washington, a Navy veteran, founded the organization in 2015 as a way to equip, empower and encourage other female veterans. Since its start, the WVA has worked to create both an online and off-line community of female veteran networking groups through both community events and national conferences, she said.

“Physical chapters were a very small part of the WVA,” explained Washington. “There are many other women veteran groups out there that we support and will be providing some additional support to help them strengthen their presence in their communities.”

Washington noted that the WVA has a directory on its website of other women’s veterans' groups that it supports and will continue to host pop-up meetings like ones planned later this year in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

She added that the WVA will also continue its collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs on both the local and national level.

“Last year, we partnered with VA Northern California to have the first Women Veterans Town Hall,” Washington said. “We are working on scheduling more this year.”  

To learn more about the WVA and its mission of supporting female veterans, visit https://www.womenveteransalliance.org/

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Reach Julia LeDoux: Julia@connectingvets.com
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