Women Veterans

Veterans Information Center

Downtown Branch Library
224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

  • Sun   1 PM - 3 PM
  • Tue   10 AM - 12 PM
  • Wed   10 AM - 12 PM
  • Thu   10 AM - 12 PM
  • Sat   10 AM - 12 PM

831-427-7700   ext. 7671
831-535-6845   

 

Resources of particular interest to women
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Civilian Bootcamp  A ground-breaking ONLINE Civilian Boot Camp for transitioning military service members, spouses and veterans. The 10-day Virtual Success Summit kicks off May 14th and will run through May 23rd. Its purpose is to equip members of the military community with a powerful combination of current workforce development skills, proven civilian employment best practices and essential knowledge of many of the hidden realities of learning the civilian lifestyle.
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Supportive Services For Veteran Families  The SSVF Program provides supportive services to low-income Veterans, Veterans who may be Homeless and Veteran families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing.
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The Women's Veterans Unconference  Do you know a woman Veteran who would like to meet, network and connect with other women Veterans? The Women’s Veterans Unconference is the event to attend! The Veterans Connect @ the Library grant and the CA State Library are sponsoring up to 15 women Veterans to attend this event. Please encourage women Veterans you know to apply – library staff, volunteers, women in VSO’s with whom you work… all are eligible. We strongly encourage you to ask women Veterans you know, but if you don’t know a woman Veteran, contact your CVSO or CalVet LINC for their recommendations! Time is limited… send this invite to your women Veteran contacts and ask them to complete the application ASAP! https://womenveteransalliance.wildapricot.org/event-2733742
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Center for Women Veterans (CWV)  Women are one of the fastest growing subgroup of Veterans, and we are signing up for VA health care and benefits at higher rates than ever before. However, women frequently report that they feel invisible as Veterans, both within and outside VA. That’s why one of the core components of the mission of the Center for Women Veterans is to advocate for cultural transformation to raise awareness about the service and sacrifice of women Veterans.
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Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors: 2017  Veterans of the United States Armed Forces may be eligible for a broad range of benefits and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This booklet contains the most commonly requested VA benefits and services. This booklet is a brief overview of the commonly sought information concerning Veterans Benefits. For the most accurate information, Veterans and family members should visit the websites provided within this publication as regulations, payments, and eligibility requirements are subject to change. Also available in Spanish (PDF print version) via link.
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System Women's Trauma Recovery Program (WTRP)  In 1992, the Department of Veterans Affairs opened the National Women's Trauma Recovery Program (WTRP) as part of the National Center for PTSD at Menlo Park, CA. The WTRP, designed to treat women Veterans, active duty service members, National Guard, and Reservists with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is the first residential program of its kind and is open to women across the country. Many of the women who are referred to the program have experienced traumas that include but are not limited to military sexual trauma (MST), combat trauma, and training accidents.
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Women Veterans Alliance  Impacting and Empowering the Lives of Women Veterans. We are the only group focused on directly impacting the quality of life of women veterans. We do this through transforming the way the community networks to bring people and programs directly together through an energetic grass roots platform.
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Women Veterans Health Care Call Center  The WVCC staff is trained to provide women Veterans, their families, and caregivers about VA services and resources. We are ready to respond to your concerns. The call is free, and you can call as often as you like until you have the answers to your questions.
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American Women Veterans  American Women Veterans Foundation believes that women have always been the catalyst for change within our homes, our communities and the world. We envision a society in which the legacy of America’s servicewomen, veterans and their families is celebrated and carried on to future generations of powerful and inspiring women. We strive to empower women from all branches of service with a continued sense of pride and service which enables them to reach their full potential and to contribute as they always have, in making America stronger.
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CenterPoint Retreats  CenterPoint Retreats for Women Veterans serve the growing number of women veterans who are committed to their full recovery from stressful and/or traumatic experience.
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Operation We Are Here  Operation We Are Here is a one-stop HUB of resources for the military community and military supporters that offers: A clearinghouse of resources for the military community Practical insights in caring for the military community The ONLY interest-based list for military supporters Free Thank You cards to download, print and share
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Swords to Plowshares  Founded in 1974 by veterans, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides needs assessment and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to approximately 3,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year.
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The American Legion Guide for Women Veterans  American women have answered the call to serve with the same honor and integrity as their male counterparts, but often do not identify themselves as veterans. Very often women have not properly been identified as veterans, and have been overlooked for benefits and services. While things have improved over the past few years, there is much that remains to be done in getting these veterans the services and treatment they need and deserve.
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Veterans Path  Veteran’s PATH builds a community of support for veterans, offering mindfulness, wellness and meditation tools. Each veteran’s inner strength is supported, reflected and magnified in the strength of the community.