Women Veterans Network

March 2024

In the News

Happy Women's History Month

Through the efforts of the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 that designated March as Women’s History Month in 1987. This month recognizes and honors the achievements of women throughout U.S. history. We encourage you to visit the Library of Congress' website to read Diverse Experiences in Service, a collection of stories about the incredible accomplishments of women that served. On behalf of the Women Veterans Network, we thank you for your dedicated service to our country!

Jessica Frost

Director, Women Veterans Network

Nominate a Female Veteran for the 2024 Deborah Sampson Award

Each year, the Deborah Sampson Award recognizes a Female Veteran who has gone above and beyond to serve her fellow Women Veterans. The deadline for nominations is April 26, 2024, so download the application today!

For inspiration, read more about last year's winner, Jenny D'Olympia.

Download the Nomination Form

On February 26th, EOVS Deputy Secretary Andrea Gayle-Bennett represented the Women Veterans Network at the “Reflections of the Black Military Experience" panel discussion at the Museum of African American History in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill. Panel participants included: moderator Glenn Jones (NBC10 anchor/reporter); Colonel Dana Sanders-Udo (Ret. MA National Guard and co-chair of Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans Services); Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-7); Gayle-Bennett; Daniel Walker (U.S. Air Force pilot); Richard Brookshire (CEO/co-founder of the Black Veterans Project); and Tanisha Sullivan (President, NAACP - NEAC).

WWII Veteran Honored

On February 24th, the WVN delivered a proclamation to Judy Barstow in honor of her 100th birthday. The longtime Raynham resident served as a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in the U.S. Naval Reserves during World War II. Thank you for your service, Judy!

WVN Relaunches Website

This month, the Executive Office of Veterans Services relaunched the Women Veterans Network website featuring an easier-to-navigate design, enhanced accessibility features, quick links to federal, state and nonprofit veteran resources, plus ways to stay connected to the WVN with events and news sections.

Upcoming Observances & Events

Upcoming Military Observances

American Legion Birthday - March 15

Rosie The Riveter Day - March 21

Medal of Honor Day - March 25

National Vietnam War Veterans Day - March 29

Month of the Military Child - April

Military Saves Month - April

Gold Star Spouses Day - April 5

National Former POW Recognition Day - April 9

Rosie the Riveter Day honors the hard work and sacrifices five million American women made in the workplace during World War II, joining some 350,000 women who served in the Armed Forces.

Federal & State Resources

MA Veteran Benefits

MA Veteran Programs

Find Your Local VSO

This 54-page Transition Toolkit will guide veterans through all of Massachusetts’ programs, services and benefits, whether you’re newly discharged and transitioning to civilian life in Massachusetts or a longtime veteran looking for a printable list of all of the resources available to you. Sections highlight everything from housing and healthcare to education and employment. Download your PDF copy today! (Note: you will need Adobe Acrobat in order to view and download this toolkit.)

Make Your Voice Heard

Your opinions matter! We value your feedback, suggestions, and ideas for enhancing the WVN experience. Let us know how we can better serve Massachusetts' women veterans by sending an email to EOVSWomenVets@mass.gov.

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About the Women Veterans Network

Established in 1997, the Women Veterans Network (WVN) is a program within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Office of Veterans Services. The WVN seeks to serve as a primary resource for Massachusetts' military veterans, with a mission of increasing awareness of the federal, state and local benefits available to them. As part of its outreach mission, the WVM hosts a variety of events every year, including webinars, gatherings, the Women Veterans Appreciation Day, and an annual conference.

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