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May/June 2005
Women Veterans Committee Report

Connecting At The Convention


In preparation for our National Convention, the committee reviewed its resolutions and is prepared for delegate input and confirmation. Planning has begun for the Women Veterans Breakfast that will be held Friday, August 12, at the Convention. A speaker is being chosen. This is always a good time to connect with the other women at the Convention.

It is with sadness that we note the passing of former U.S. Rep. Tillie Fowler. She served in Congress from 1993-2001, four terms, honoring a commitment she made when first elected. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from Emory University. Prior to her election, she was active in the leadership of many organizations, including the Florida Humanities Council and the American Red Cross. She was invested in local endeavors and community service.

After leaving office, she was approached to lend service to her country once again by serving as chair of the Panel to Review Sexual Misconduct Allegations at the U.S. Air Force Academy. This panel made 21 recommendations to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Air Force. She also called for Congress to exercise its oversight authority more aggressively. Her statement before Congress on September 24, 2003, can be found on the VVA Women Veterans Committee web site.

The Report 2004 of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans is being printed and will include both the committee’s recommendations and the VA’s responses.

Please check out the WIMSA (The Women’s Memorial) web page for a listing of events held there. The “Faces of the Fallen” exhibit is on display through November 14, 2005. Including over 1,300 portraits by some 200 artists, the exhibit features a variety of media, including drawings, paintings, sculpture, relief, collage, and textiles. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, includes portraits of service members killed between October 19, 2001, and November 11, 2004.

I hope you have been able to check out the VVA web site. Suggestions for inclusions may be forwarded to the committee through the national office, or you can contact the chair of the committee from the web page.


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