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About WoVeN

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:

  • Focus Groups in San Antonio, TX, Charlotte, NC and Pittsburgh, PA to hear from women Veterans about their challenges and successes, and the importance of building connections with other women Veterans (May 2017)

  • Selection of the first group of 6 Pioneer Peer Leaders from San Antonio, Charlotte, and Pittsburgh (June 2017) who were trained in the full WoVeN curriculum at our first Peer Leader Training in St. Louis, MO (August 2017)

  • The first WoVeN pilot groups kick off in San Antonio, TX, Charlotte, NC and Pittsburgh, PA (September 2017)

  • Peer Leader Training in New Orleans, LA (March 2018)

  • Peer Leader Training in Houston, TX (October 2018)

  • First Train the Trainers Workshop and Peer Leader Training in Washington DC. Experienced Peer Leaders were trained as National WoVeN Trainers and the trained new Peer Leaders in the full WoVeN curriculum (April 2019)

  • Train the Trainers Workshop and Peer Leader Training in Orlando, FL (December 2019)

  • WoVeN groups are first offered in an online format, increasing accessibility to WoVeN groups for more Women Veterans (October 2019)

  • Selection of the first two outstanding WoVeN Trainers and Peer Leaders as National Consultants, chosen to provide mentorship and leadership to the WoVeN community at large (December 2019)

Key Facts About Women Veterans and Military Service Members

  • There are approximately 1,882,848 living women veterans.

  • Approximately 10% of the veteran population is female.

  • There are 214,098 (14.6 %) women in the Active Duty Military.

  • There are 118,781 (19.5 %) women in the National Guard.

  • There are 470,851 (15.5 %) women in the Reserves.

WoVeN in the News

Tara Galovski (WoVeN Director), Cat Corchado (WoVeN National Consultant, Trainer, & Peer Leader), Tracie Rosado (WoVeN National Consultant, Trainer, & Peer Leader) and Becky Tauber (WoVeN Trainer & Peer Leader) were invited to participate in a Rocky Mountain MIRECC podcast. Listen to hear the inspiring stories of how WoVeN has become a sisterhood and a home women Veterans!

VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC, April 2020

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

New York Times Magazine‘s feature on WoVeN and highlights the meaningful lifelong connections that are fostered amongst WoVeN members.

New York Times Magazine, October 2019

USA Today commemorates Veterans Day by featuring Veterans and Veteran organizations, like WoVeN, in their Special Edition, Veterans Affairs.

USA Today; Special Edition: Veterans Affairs, November 2018

WoVeN is featured in Walmart’s review of Veteran programs supported by the Walmart Foundation.

Walmart Newsroom; May 2018

NPR reports the increasing suicide rates among women Veterans and details organizations, including WoVeN, that are working to improve women Veterans’ well-being.

NPR; May 2018

Tina Brice, one of WoVeN’s first members and Peer Leaders, tells her WoVeN story in this post on Walmart’s blog.

Walmart Newsroom; May 2018

In this video, WoVeN Director Tara Galovski sits down to speak to the news program, Chronicle, about WoVeN.

The Chronicle, September 2017

With the support of the Walmart Foundation, Drs. Tara Galovski and Amy Street discuss building the mission behind WoVeN.

OpsLens, July 2017

Read about the beginning of WoVeN! Through the support of the Walmart Foundation, Drs. Tara Galovski and Amy Street were able to develop the WoVeN program.

BU School of Medicine, March 2017

With a focus on WoVeN, this article highlights the usefulness of Veteran programs on college campuses and discusses organizations like the Walmart Foundation that provide support to Veteran programs.

Inside Philanthropy, March 2017

Drs. Tara Galovski and Amy Street to discuss the need for programs like WoVeN that are specifically developed for women Veterans.

Bostonia, March 2017

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