Veterans Committee is very pleased that Dr. Patricia Hayes,
VISN-4 Women Veterans Coordinator, will be joining us for the
VVA Leadership Conference in Tucson. Her seminar will be a
joint effort by this committee and the Veterans Benefits
Committee on sexual trauma and the clinical and benefits
elements of the issue. Dr. Hayes has much experience with this
topic and comes highly recommended in her field. We are very
pleased she was able to arrange her time for this important
As a member
of Vietnam Veterans of America, it has been my privilege to
serve on the VA Women Veterans Advisory Committee since March
2001. Soon, the long-awaited Advisory Committee Biennial
Report 2000 will be published. Many unforeseen circumstances
were responsible for its delay. However, this spring the
Advisory Committee completed its 2002 Report. It will be
presented to Secretary Principi in early summer. We have been
assured the 2002 report will move forward without delay.
biennial report ultimately will be delivered to Congress. The
report contains recommendations on issues the committee has
determined are important. They arise from various committee
briefings, veteran contacts, and concerns of the day. Each
recommendation is followed by the rationale for its inclusion.
There are several attachments to the report, including a
committee historical perspective and a list of on-site visits
the committee has made. The report is reviewed by relevant
organizations within the VA.
with homeless veterans, I am concerned by the lack of separate
units for women in most of the VA Homeless Domiciliary Programs.
This situation extends far beyond this specific program, and it
is an issue that is problematic on many fronts. It is most
significant for women veterans who chose to turn from the VA for
their care because they are unable to accept this situation. It
is a topic I have put forward to the Advisory Committee for
consideration. As a member of the Women Veterans Advisory
Committee, I have also been asked to sit as an adviser to the
newly formed VA Homeless Veterans Advisory Committee. I intend
to bring this situation to them for consideration.