A Year of Resilience for our Community of Women Veterans

As we bid farewell to 2023, it’s a time to reflect on the journey we’ve shared at Women Veterans Interactive Foundation (WVIF). This year has been a testament to the strength, resilience, and interconnectedness within our community of Women Veterans. Through various events and programs, we’ve not only addressed challenges but also celebrated triumphs and paved the way for a brighter future.

What We Know

As Women Veterans, we are intimately aware of the ways that life’s unpredictability can impact both our journey and our experience. There will be hurdles as well as smooth roads; pain as well as healing; struggle as well as success.

But what we know is that we, as vibrant community of Women Veterans, are uniquely positioned to persist through the unpredictability. We are strong in our community — the shared experiences, the understanding glances, and the support that transcends words. It’s a reminder that no woman veteran walks alone; we move forward together, overcoming obstacles and embracing growth.

And we adjust each other’s crowns along the way.

We also know that there is great power in our adaptability. As we entered the world out of uniform, we’ve shown adaptability and resilience in redefining our paths, our career transitions, financial plans, or mental health protection. The ability to pivot in the face of adversity is a skill we developed during our time in service and honed as we transitioned to civilian life.

WVIF and Women Veterans’ Experience

Like the decade before it, 2023 was a year of connection, empowerment, and engagement for WVIF.

We held the first-ever National Women Veterans Pink & White Empowerment Summit, sponsored by Fiserv. This daylong summit engaged Women Veterans in empowering speakers, interactive workshops, and community-building networking time.

The response was so overwhelming, that we immediately began working on preparing the next one. Stay tuned!

Our chapters were hard at work all year, volunteering in their communities, feeding the hungry, raising money for Operation Safety Net (OSN), delivering scholarships to bright young women, and raising awareness of difficult challenges that women veterans face.

One of our chapter members, Mary Jordan, even “jumped out of a perfectly good airplane” to raise money for the Fayetteville Chapter’s OSN. It was only fitting that we award her the Pillar of Strength Award at the 2023 Sisters in Service Gala.

The Sisters in Service Gala, a highlight of our year, brought our community together in a celebration of achievements, resilience, and sisterhood. It was an evening filled with shared stories, laughter, and the recognition of the incredible multifaceted roles that Women Veterans play.

We recognized over a dozen Women Veterans for their service, commitment, and impact in our community of Women Veterans, and we also honored industry leaders for their exceptional work and advocacy on behalf of Women Veterans.

The 2023 National Women Veterans Leadership and Diversity Conference, presented by USAA, brought together community leaders, industry experts, and executive powerhouses to empower, teach, and mentor over 200 Women Veterans in attendance. It was our 10th anniversary of the conference, and it was brimming with excitement and energy!

After a weekend of engaging seminars, keynote addresses, and enlightening panel discussions, most Women Veterans left feeling like they’d been recharged by their experience.

Anticipating 2024: A Year of Opportunity

As we look forward to 2024, the spirit of anticipation and optimism prevails. The lessons of resilience and adaptability learned in 2023 will undoubtedly shape the path ahead. It’s a year to leverage newfound strengths and continue the journey of personal and collective growth.

We’re looking forward to 2024 with optimism, and we invite you to join us!

Community Strength

The bonds forged in 2023 will continue to strengthen. The support system within our community of Women Veterans will be an unwavering foundation, fostering a sense of belonging and understanding. There’s no doubt our community will continue to experience “that feeling” when they engage with our WVIF community.

Innovative Programs

WVIF’s commitment to staying at the forefront of empowerment programs ensures that 2024 will bring initiatives tailored to the evolving needs of Women Veterans. From professional empowerment to financial literacy, from community building to transition assistance, these programs will be essential tools for navigating life’s complexities.

Celebrating Achievements

The victories, big and small, will be celebrated collectively. Whether it’s a successful career transition, overcoming personal challenges, or giving back to the community, 2024 will be a year of acknowledging and celebrating individual and collective achievements of our AMAZING Women Veterans.

Continued Advocacy

WVIF’s role as a powerful advocate for Women Veterans will persist. The organization will continue to raise awareness, drive positive change, and amplify the voices of Women Veterans on a national scale. And at the helm, President and CEO Ginger Miller will continue to engage with local, state, and national leaders to ensure that Women Veterans get the support and recognition that they deserve.

Become Part of our Community of Women Veterans in 2024

As we embark on the journey into 2024, let’s carry forward the spirit of 2023. You can join us.

Whether you attend a program in person, become a member, engage with a local chapter, or become a donor, your support and engagement MATTER.

Your support and engagement build upon the strength of our community.

Your support and engagement add to a vibrant, prosperous future.

If you would like to begin your journey to 2024 now, we invite you to connect with us. Explore support opportunities, or join WVIF today.