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Women Veterans of Nevada

April 18, 2017

The WOMEN VETERANS OF NEVADA is a 501 (c) (19) not-for-profit veterans organization whose mission is to bring together women of all branches and eras of military service; inactive, reserve, and active duty to share and celebrate the history of military women, preserve and perpetuate our positive heritage, and continue an active commitment to educate, aid and assist comrades and community.

Established in 1985 at the specific request of the Nevada State Commission of Veteran Affairs, women veterans were asked to come together for the first celebration of women’s history month in the Las Vegas veteran community. In response to that ground breaking call, women veterans gathered, and together were representative of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam service and from each branch of service. The small group of about 20 was mighty indeed and made a strong impression in the southern Nevada community.

The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard women stayed in touch following that 1985 veteran event and, led by a former Army WAC, continued to meet from time to time in a social setting. With a common interest in volunteering to help other veterans, their original goal of visiting hospitalized veterans continued for years and grew to include other valuable projects. In short order the former military women set to paper, by-laws and membership plans, and set in motion a formal organization.

 

Now over three-decades later, as the Women Veterans of Nevada,  we continue our mission to bring together women of all branches and eras of military service; inactive, reserve, and active duty with over a hundred members in the Las Vegas valley.

 

In meeting the mission statement to celebrate the history of military women, preserve and perpetuate our positive heritage, supports a Women Veterans Summit held by the Nevada Office of Veterans Services, and has representatives with a traveling history display participating in a variety of southern Nevada military, veteran, and community events.

 

Completely self supporting through modest annual dues of only $20, for both women “veteran” and “friends of veterans” member categories, the WVON produces a bi-monthly newsletter “Tribute to Women”, conducts ongoing business, and promotes the complete mission of the organization. Proceeds from an annual car wash fundraiser hosted by the Chaparral High School NJROTC keep the organization in motion while donations from outside sources are welcomed to help fund community activities.

 

A few examples of our dedication to continue an active commitment to educate, aid and assist comrades and community include; burial honors, gifts and visitations to the Veterans Nursing Home, Homeless Veterans Stand-downs, recognition awards to 20 high school JRTOC programs, bi-monthly meetings with community service providers, assistance with benefit claims to Veterans Affairs, obtaining and certification of DD214s, themed floats in the Mesquite Veteran Day Parade, and others.

Actively work with other Veterans organization, the Nevada Dept of Veterans Services and elected officials to make improvements for all Veterans

 

Having been led by former military women from all branches of service, the Women Veterans of Nevada is an interactive organization with a wonderfully diverse membership. Our ages range from 23 to 95 for members from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, OEF/OIF, and peacetime. We are comprised of enlisted and commissioned service personnel, short-timers, retirees, reserves, National Guard, active and inactive, and each branch of the military.

 

We meet bi-monthly in February, April, June, August, October and December. Kicking off at 10:30 am, with light refreshments, business and special programs are conducted, winding down about 12:30. There are special events in off months too. Some are multiple March events celebrating Women’s History Month, May has several events for Memorial Day, tons of fun around Veterans’ Day in November, and the spirit of giving is alive during the holidays with a special December meeting celebrating Christmas.

 

The Women Veterans of Nevada welcome you home, invite you to visit us, and thank you for your service in our great nation’s armed forces.

The mission of the

Women Veterans of Nevada

is to bring together women of all branches and eras of military service; inactive, reserve and active duty, to share and celebrate the history of military women, preserve and perpetuate our positive heritage and continue an active commitment to educate, aid and assist comrades and community.

 

WVON meetings are held at 10:30 am on the third Saturday of even numbered months at American Legion Post 8

733 Veterans Memorial Dr

Las Vegas, NV, 89101,

Information is posted on the WVON Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WomenVeteransofNevada