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WoVeN in the News
WoVeN is featured in the New York Times’ review of Veteran programs supported by Walmart.
NPR reports the increasing suicide rates among women Veterans and details organizations, including WoVeN, that are working to improve women Veterans’ well-being.
Tina Brice, one of WoVeN’s first members and peer leaders, tells her WoVeN story in this post on Walmart’s blog.
In this video, WoVeN Director Tara Galovski sits down to speak to the news program, Chronicle, about WoVeN.
Soldier On, Stepping up Support
The Chronicle, September 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.
Walmart Foundation Grant Supports Women Veterans
BU School of Medicine, March 2, 2017
Women Veteran’s Network – Easing the Transition to Civilian Life
OpsLens, July 18, 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.
Facilitating Reentry: A Look at a Campus Give to Support Female Veterans
Inside Philanthropy, March 8, 2017
Drs. Tara Galovski and Amy Street to discuss the need for programs like WoVeN that are specifically developed for women Veterans.
Easing Transition to Civilian Life for Women Veterans
Bostonia, March 1, 2017
WoVeN is a unique nationwide network of peer-support groups specifically designed to address identified gaps in programming and resources for women Veterans. WoVeN is not a mental health treatment, but it 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. Woven groups focus on topics including transitions, balance, stress relief, connections, healthy living, and esteem.
WoVen groups typically include about 6 to 10 women Veterans. 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.
WoVeN is currently available in 3 cities and will expand to 5 more cities in the spring of 2018.
Since its beginning in early 2017, WoVeN has completed several significant activities, including:
- Focus Groups in San Antonio, Charlotte, and Pittsburgh 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 (2 leaders for each city: San Antonio, Charlotte, and Pittsburgh) (June 2017)
- Peer leader training retreat in St. Louis – took place over two days in which peers learned the full WoVeN curriculum (August 2017)
- Pilot group kick off – The first WoVeN groups started in San Antonio, Charlotte, and Pittsburgh (September 2017)
WoVeN is funded by a grant from the Walmart Foundation to Boston University School of Medicine. The US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD is another partnering institution.
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.