Women Veterans Interactive hosted a three-day conference on issues impacting female service members and veterans Nov. 9 – 11 at National Harbor, Md. The event presented information on support services available to women veterans and tools to help them transition smoothly to life beyond military service. This was WVI’s second annual Veterans Day Celebration, and included presentations from the U.S. Department of Labor, VA, organizations dedicated to helping female veterans pursue entrepreneurship and social justice and a keynote speech by financial adviser Suze Orman.
Priscilla Eddy of Bethesda, Md., a retired Navy hospital corpsman, praised the event for the opportunity to connect with and support other women veterans, many of whom she first met in conjunction with a University of Maryland focus group.
“There’s a connection when you meet other women vets, and we have kept in touch,” Eddy said. “Male service members have that bond, all the time. Even those who are seriously wounded and part of a wounded warrior unit, they all say, ‘I just want to get back to my unit.’ But as women we don’t have that. The day they land, they’re Mom again.”
The weekend also included a job fair, relaxed networking and a river cruise.