Diana Campa, military admissions counselor, recently attended an event promoted by veteran partner, Women Veterans Interactive (WVI). Campa spoke with dozens of women veterans about the veteran education partnership and Excelsior College’s maximum acceptance of military credit toward degrees.
The Women Veterans Transition Space’s 1st Annual Capitol Hill Summit, ”Transitioning Women From Service To Success,” was presented by AMVETS in March in Washington, D.C. Many service organizations joined forces for this workforce development & employment event held for woman veterans.
According to the WVI, transitioning from the military to civilian life can be a daunting task for women service members. From the time a woman veteran is discharged, she is preparing and planning for transition. Her priority shifts to securing a new permanent living situation, registering children for new schools and securing employment – employment being the glue that binds the transition process. Unfortunately, many women veterans have a difficult time finding employment after exiting the military; to this end, some are becoming homeless with their children. In fact, women veterans are the fastest growing population of homeless veterans. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, “Women veterans are highly qualified and bring strong attributes to the civilian labor force.”
Ginger Miller, president of WVI, a division of John 14:2, Inc. was a former homeless service disabled veteran. In the summer of 2011, she started WVI, and has supported over 500 women veterans through outreach and counseling support services.