Military & Veteran Women's Coalition

Military & Veteran Women's Coalition The MVWC is a coalition of organizations from across the country whose primary mission is to support
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Background
Women have officially served in the military since 1901; unofficially they have served in every US conflict since the American Revolution. Today, more than 350,000 women are in uniform and there are over 2 million living women veterans. Yet to this day, women’s contributions to our national defense go unrecognized by the American public. Despite two centuries of service to our nation, t

hey continue to face gender bias and barriers within the military and when attempting to access the VA benefits and services they have earned while defending our nation.



Formation of the Coalition
To address serious issues of injustice and well-being for military women we are asking organizations to coalesce and join the Military Women’s Coalition, which will unite and amplify our voices. We held our very first national meeting in Atlanta, Ga., on September 7, 2018. The meeting was attended by more than 170 people representing over 70 different organizations. Over 130 people traveled to Atlanta to attend in person, and 40 joined us via live stream. Eleven organizations volunteered to form the Steering Committee, which guides the Coalition today. In November 2019, the Steering Committee elected its first leadership committee, the Executive Committee.



Core Issues
The Coalition Advisory Group, a small group of eight organizations that formed in the Spring of 2018 to explore the idea of a coalition, conducted a community interest survey in May, June and July 2018 to gauge the level of interest in creating a coalition. In total, 81 people completed the survey, representing over 70 organizations. Survey respondents identified the top three priorities for the Military Women’s Coalition:



Sexual violence in the military (including the VA)

Mental and physical wellness

Veterans' homelessness



The Steering Committee formed three Policy Committees to address each of these priorities: The Committee on Physical and Mental Wellness, The Committee on Homelessness, and the Committee on Sexual Violence. Each Committee is led by a chair elected for a two-year term.

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10/14/2023

"Tester, Moran, Bost, Takano Press VA for Answers on Misuse of PACT Act Workforce Authority. Veterans’ Affairs Committees’ leaders: “VA must strengthen its internal controls and management structures to ensure authorities provided by Congress do not suffer from similar carelessness.”

Veterans’ Affairs Committees’ leaders: “VA must strengthen its internal controls and management structures to ensure authorities provided by Congress do not suffer from similar carelessness.”

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10/13/2023

"VA committee leaders demand ‘guardrails’ for bonuses as agency claws back payouts to career executives"

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10/13/2023

"Lady Veterans Connect hosts event to end veteran su***de"
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10/12/2023

"'Not letting up pressure' on Nevada Guard, mother calls daughter's death preventable"

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10/11/2023

"The Last Skirt Mandate in Marine Corps Has Been Nixed After Female Troops Advocated for Change"

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"LGBT Veterans Urged To Share Their Stories With Royal Commission"
10/11/2023

"LGBT Veterans Urged To Share Their Stories With Royal Commission"

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"USAF veteran visits RAFM, shares survivor story of sexual assault"
10/10/2023

"USAF veteran visits RAFM, shares survivor story of sexual assault"

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"Stories of Honor: Woman warrior honors her Crow heritage"
10/10/2023

"Stories of Honor: Woman warrior honors her Crow heritage"

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10/09/2023

"Lady Veterans Connect gives Kentucky veteran su***de survivors a platform to share their stories"

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10/09/2023

"Local RAF veteran honoured by squadron leader on her 102nd birthday"

One of Wales' last remaining Second World War RAF veterans has been honoured on her 102nd birthday.

"Be Engaged: The Veterans Quilt Project Exhibit Opening"
10/08/2023

"Be Engaged: The Veterans Quilt Project Exhibit Opening"

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"Ms. Veteran America finalist an honorary guest at American Legion Fishing Derby"
10/08/2023

"Ms. Veteran America finalist an honorary guest at American Legion Fishing Derby"

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10/07/2023

"Army wants one-third of future recruits to be college grads. The Army will create two new MOSs — including warrant officers — to focus on reversing two years of missed recruiting goals."

The Army will create two new MOSs, including warrant officers, focused on recruiting to reverse two years of missed goals.

"There’s help for active-duty military and veterans who see su***de as a solution, but some slip through the cracks"
10/06/2023

"There’s help for active-duty military and veterans who see su***de as a solution, but some slip through the cracks"

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"British soldier's su***de linked to relentless sexual harassment by superior, army investigation finds. 19-year-old rec...
10/06/2023

"British soldier's su***de linked to relentless sexual harassment by superior, army investigation finds. 19-year-old received over 1,000 WhatsApp messages and voicemails from her superior at Larkhill Camp."

A 19-year-old British soldier is suspected to have killed herself due to persistent sexual harassment by her immediate superior, which included thousands of messages over two months.

"Kansas City VA repeatedly sent out the wrong medical records to veterans, lawmaker says"Read more at:
10/06/2023

"Kansas City VA repeatedly sent out the wrong medical records to veterans, lawmaker says"

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Rep. Mark Alford said his office has been informed of three instances where the Kansas City VA gave the wrong medical records to veterans.

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10/06/2023

"VA claims processors overwhelmed, quitting from high case load. Workers say the backlog and pressure of the cases could impact veteran care."

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"PGA HOPE helps veterans get into the game"
09/27/2023

"PGA HOPE helps veterans get into the game"

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09/27/2023

"Catcalling, Racist Comments, Burnout: Alaska Troops Eyed as Prestigious Arctic Force Face Problems in First Year of Service"

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"China trying to ‘exploit’ US troops, veterans, Air Force chief warnsGen. Charles Q. Brown is asking airmen to report an...
09/26/2023

"China trying to ‘exploit’ US troops, veterans, Air Force chief warns
Gen. Charles Q. Brown is asking airmen to report any suspicious activity."

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"Navy Fires Executive Officer of Pay and Personnel Support Center Amid Investigation"
09/25/2023

"Navy Fires Executive Officer of Pay and Personnel Support Center Amid Investigation"

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"'Doing the right thing' was worth $40 million to this Marine veteran and mother of three. When Sarah Feinberg left the ...
09/25/2023

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"Veteran of the Day U.S. Navy Veteran Marjorie Heuer"
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09/24/2023

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"VA Makes Benefit Letters Accessible to Blind Veterans"
09/23/2023

"VA Makes Benefit Letters Accessible to Blind Veterans"

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"VA and The Rockefeller Foundation are working together to expand Food is Medicine initiatives within VA health care fac...
09/23/2023

"VA and The Rockefeller Foundation are working together to expand Food is Medicine initiatives within VA health care facilities nationwide. Facilitated by the National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships (HAP), this joint endeavor aims to promote healthy eating habits and improve health outcomes for Veterans. The collaboration will expand access to nutritious food for Veterans through various interventions, including medically tailored meals and produce prescription programs."

VA and The Rockefeller Foundation are working together to promote healthy eating habits and food security.

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Founded in 2018, the MWC represents the interests of our servicewomen: past, present, and future.

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