As we moved from the Convention to
the work at hand for the coming two years, the Women Veterans
Committee began to focus on the events planned for Veterans
Day 2003 and the tenth anniversary of the dedication of the
Vietnam Womens Memorial. VVA was well represented in the many
events that began the weekend before Veterans Day. Our work
began over a year ago.
VVA began its presence with a tent on the Mall that included
our membership initiatives, women veterans' displays, and AVVA
information. We also had displays by the Gold Star Mothers, VA
Center for Women Veterans, VA Women's Health Program Office,
VA benefits, the Vet Center, the D.C. Office of Veterans
Affairs, Vietnam Women Veterans, Circle of Sisters, and SDIT.
We felt that inviting others with information pertinent to
women and women veterans would be a great addition to our
efforts because of the large number of women veterans who
would be in Washington for the tenth anniversary.
The events included a Sunday service at the National City
Christian Church at Thomas Circle "Remembering and
Celebrating" the women who served; a luncheon on Monday at our
anniversary home-base hotel; and a first-ever color guard Pass
and Review of the Vietnam Women's Memorial.
On behalf of the Committee, I want to thank all those who
helped with our efforts to represent VVA on this important
With the approval of committee membership, we will move
forward with activity related to our resolutions, including
our submission to the Government Affairs Committee for VVA's
legislative agenda. In addition to our resolutions, two areas
of interest are the structure and delivery of services in the
VA Women's Clinics and Health Centers and the duties of the
Women Veteran Program Managers.
As chair of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, I can
report that this committee is currently working on its 2004
report to the Secretary. More will be coming on news of the
2004 VA Summit on Women Veterans to be held in June in
I want to thank President Tom Corey for my appointment as
chair of the Women Veterans Committee. I will work over the
next two years to earn your continued support in serving
Vietnam Veterans of America and its membership.