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WSWVETS 3RD ANNUAL HAT AND SCARF AUTCION

Our Hat and Scarf Auction is held annually in November.  Hats and scarves are donated and sold at auction with auctioneer extraordinaire, Under Sheriff Mike Murphy.  Food is provided by the ‘Great Foodini” Renee Chodkowski.  This year’s event is being held on Thursday November 13th at the Howell Elks Club 2830 E. Grand River, Howell, MI 48843 starting at 5:30 till 9:00 p.m.

 

Tickets are available from any of the members of the Executive Committee, Carol Johnson, Nancy Alex,  Denise Browne, Anne Belser, Arlene Callaghan or on our website go to ‘donate’ and chose PayPal select the amount for the number of tickets requested ($10 for veterans and $20 for non veterans).  Then send me an email with your name and the tickets will be waiting -for you at the door.  You can also call Arlene 810-599-6014 with your credit card # and a receipt will be emailed to you and tickets will be at the door.

 

WSWVETS resources are used in providing education on available services, support and peer to peer mentoring, achieve suitable housing and jobs.  WSWVETS works closely with each veteran to provide support and assistance for them while they maneuver the processes of the Veterans Administration and other veteran organizations.  We partner with private Veterans Services to supplement and enhance government provided service

 

Through peer to peer support and 1 on 1 mentoring between veterans we are involved in initiating and supporting training programs that enable veterans to secure meaningful jobs that meet their skills and allow them to support themselves and their families.

 

Veterans Sisters in Service (VSIS) program was started with 2 veterans and has since grown to 14.  They gather in homes on a monthly basis to share, talk, and mentor and enjoy prepared food.  Some months there are activities such as a recent Spa Day.  Another is a professional artist, Donna offered to provide the materials and assistance to create a watercolor book.  It is open to all women who have served. 

 

WSWVETS has partnered with the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids along with a group of EAGALA Certified Therapist Teams with experience in working with veterans to provide veterans EAGALA Equine Assisted Therapy for veterans with PTSD, MST and TBI. 

 

The Partnership with the VFW National Home and WSEVET we were able to offer a Weekend Retreat for 6 women Veterans.  The retreat provided them the peace and tranquility of the 614 acres, time with an MST Therapist, and quality time with other women who have served. 

 

WSWVETS in partnership with VSA Michigan, and Of Impact, LLC are currently in a pilot phase for Recreations Art Therapy that will include writing, poetry and Native American Art projects.  The pilot is a 4 week program and the intent is to offer this and customized versions to groups of women veterans throughout Michigan. 

 

Additional events are through the Work Skills Paint and Pour group in Brighton Michigan.  Veterans and local women and men gather together to explore their creative side and produce a one of a kind painting. 

 

WSWVETS MEETING FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER AT 2/42 COMMUNITY CHURCH HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.  CHECK WEBSITE FOR MEETING LOCATIONS IN 2015

Stand Down for Female Veterans Please Click to Register

Veterans may not realize that they do not need new evidence in order to resubmit a previously denied claim for PTSD benefits related to military sexual trauma (MST), according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). for details click here

http://www.legalhelpforveterans.com/2014/09/no-new-evidence-needed-to-resubmit-military-sexual-trauma-related-ptsd-claims/

Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home

DAV report shows service gaps for women in health care, transition services, disability compensation, employment and housing.  Click here for details (worth reading)

 

WSWVETS sponsored the first Annual Veteran Retreat at the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids.  A great time and wonderful food was had by all.   Click HERE foradditional photos

Another FUN gathering of Women that Have Served.  To see more photos, Click Here

Gloria Lrwis served from January 1945 to December 1949 with the Army in Japan.  'I loved it, every minute of it", said Gloria.  Gloria Was nominated to have WSWVETS designate a brick in her honor to be placed in the Livingston County Veterans Memorial.  WSWVETS selected her name and this brick was placed a few weeks ago.  Gloria, thank you for your service. 

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Veteran, mom, grandmother, wife and student, Cristy B has this as her signature on her email.  Great

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan -- to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.
Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, Saturday, 4 March 1865

 

Wendy, Air Force Veteran and her mom Donna create these fabulous flowers to beautify your garden.  The flowers are made from plastic bottles, painted wit transparent colors to glow in the sun or shade.  To date, they have UPCYCLED over 700 bottles and counting.  Available at the Brighton Farmers Market.  Want more information:  artaddict@comcast.com

Peer to Peer Veterans Meeting

 

Gatherings for those women who have served in the U.S. Military.  There is no agenda it is an opportunity to talk and share with others that have been where you were and maybe are.  If you are interested in participating email:  wswvets@gmail.com or to see dates and locations along with comments from previous gathering, visit wswvets.org.

 

If you are interested in having a meeting that is closer to your home, let me know and we will arrange that. 

 

Meeting Dates:

 

September   27th,  Brighton MI

4 - 7

Donna Engstrom, Artist will join us and help us create a watercolor painting  

            

 

Arlene Callaghan

810-599-6014

 

 

These are the words for those who attended the Peer to Peer Veterans Meeting this past Saturday. 

This meeting is open to all women who have served or are currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves.

 

 

I want to also thank Stephanie for opening her home to us. I'm very grateful. I also want to thank Arlene for getting us all together! She doesn't think she really does enough (or much) for us, but I think this was a big deal for us. So, Arlene, thank you from the bottom of my heart

 

 

I haven't felt that exhilarated in a while.

> I just want to thank you for all your hard work and getting us together.

> Your tireless work is part of my healing process.

 

I had such an amazing time yesterday How wonderful to have met you ALL
Hope to see you beautiful women very soon!

I don't know how anyone else felt or still might feel but I found it a true blessing.  As I sat there and really listened to the other women veterans stories you realize that you are not alone and that you are not the only one that has faced or continues to face challenges.

I feel that by coming together that we can find strength from each other and a true support system so that each of us as we move forward in our lives and the many challenges that  come along as well will have someone that we can turn to, even if it is just a simple "I understand, for we will know that they really do understand because they have been there and done that or had "that" done to them and they can relate"

 

Sorry, civilian people (usually spouses of veterans) do not understand why veterans go and sit at the American Legion or the VFW club rooms.  It is because you can sit on a bar stool next to a fellow vet and you don't have to utter a single word but you know they get it and you know that should the need arise they would have you back !

 

 For the most part......We all came in as strangers yesterday afternoon however we were able to share some pretty personal "stuff" with each other cause we knew we were "amoung comrades" and that we were safe there and by the end we were all hugging !

 

Ladies I had a blast yesterday! I don't get a chance to have time out much with my school schedule and homework load, so yesterday was a treat.  Stephanie, thank you so much for opening up your home to us.  Arlene, I echo Stephanie's sentiments when I say thank you for being our catalyst.

I know Kate said she would be willing to host in April and if no one objects I would like to host in May.

 

I look forward to seeing all of you soon,

BEST WELCOME HOME VIDEO EVER CLINK ON THIS LINK

Founded in 1999, EAGALA is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals using equine therapy to address mental health and human development needs. Our vision is that every person worldwide will have access to these services known as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.  Want more information click here

 

There is a growing interest in equine therapy supporting the psychological health and family relationships of service members and their families

worldwide.

 

THEIR HISTORY

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About Them

Words from a Veteran - 

 

Not a day goes by that I dont remember Sergeant Winters. 10 years later, and I still tell your story.

I can remember Operation Seahorse Wind, August 2011, right before 9/11, how you taught me more about my job than I learned in school, how you would refuse to fall out of runs, and how you snuck out in town and brought back a kegs-worth of beer to thank us for a job well done at the end of the op.

I remember just before Christmas in Pakistan, when you and the rest of the Raider team landed to relieve us so that we could spend the holidays with our family.

I remember when they called us into formation to announce the news of the crash and your passing. I remember how I cried from the depths of my soul like I had never cried before.

I remember you, and will never forget.

 

God Bless you and your Family

Equine Assisted Therapy video Here

NEW WEEKLY LISTINGS ON EVENTS AND PROGRAMS AROUND THE METRO AREA ON THE EVENTS PAGE

Veterans: How to Avoid 5 Fatal Job Fair Mistakes - Every Veteran Hired everyveteranhired.com

Take it from a recruiter: avoid these job fair don’ts at all costs.

http://www.everyveteranhired.com/2014/06/27/veterans-avoid-5-fatal-job-fair-mistakes/

 

Jobs Updatre: November

http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/jobs

 

Education for Spouses - click here

 

PTSD Update and information

http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVHA/bulletins/d1dc9a

 

Approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone. Click here for details

 

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