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The Women Veterans Network (WoVeN) is a national, peer support network led by women veterans, for women veterans. WoVeN is not a mental health treatment, though its foundational 8-week program is designed to enhance wellness, quality of life, family relationships, and career satisfaction by building strong connections among women Veterans.
WoVeN was started in 2017 by Tara Galovski, Ph.D. and Amy Street, Ph.D. of Boston University School of Medicine and the VA National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Science Division. WoVeN connects women Veterans with a social support network and empowers them with information, education, and resources that are central to improving their quality of life.
All WoVeN groups are led by woman Veterans who have been trained as peer leaders through the WoVeN program. Ongoing support for peer leaders is provided by WoVeN staff, senior WoVeN trainers, and WoVeN national consultants. Group content is specifically tailored to the unique needs of women Veterans, centering around relevant themes including life transitions, balance, stress relief, connections, healthy living and esteem.
WoVen groups typically include about 6 to 10 women Veterans and each last about 90 minutes. WoVeN is open to women Veterans of all ages, branches of the military, and service eras. WoVeN groups gather at locations in the community, including spaces in government buildings, libraries, community centers and church halls. Online participation is now possible as well, providing more access to women who are housebound for any number of reasons or who live in remote areas or in areas without a current WoVeN group.
WoVeN also includes an optional research component designed to assess the success of the program in achieving its aims of increasing support and improved veteran well-being and functioning. The results of our ongoing assessments inform programmatic modifications and contribute to our model of continuous improvement.
Although always growing, and changing rapidly, WoVeN women range in age from 25-72, are racially and ethnically diverse, have served anywhere from 11 months to 30 years, with service in each branch of the United States military. Two out of three WoVeN women have deployed overseas, with the majority of those deployments in support of post-9/11 wars.
WoVeN has grown exponentially since its first pilot groups in the Fall of 2017. As of January 2020, WoVeN includes 1600+ women Veterans in our national community and WoVeN groups have been implemented in 75 communities!
Since its beginning in early 2017, WoVeN has completed several significant activities, including:
Key Facts About Women Veterans and Military Service Members
WoVeN in the News
Cat Corchado, WoVeN National Consultant, Trainer, and Peer Leader, was interviewed on W4WN Radio’s podcast, “Success 4 Women” hosted by Dr. Madeline Ann Lewis. Cat discusses how she became involved with WoVeN and why she is passionate about bringing women Veterans together.
W4WN Radio, “Success 4 Women” Podcast, January 2020
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