Reaching out to women veterans

Earlier this month, American Legion Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division Director Barry Searle, along with Deputy Director for Claims Verna Jones and Assistant Director for Health Policy Denise Williams, conducted a teleconference with Duane Mercier, production manager in the Public Relation Division at National Headquarters in Indianapolis. The teleconference was in an effort to collaborate with Public Relations on how to enhance the Legion's outreach efforts to women veterans.

In a cooperative effort, the staffs are working together to address the strategic imperative developed last fall in Indianapolis for changing the image of The American Legion. The process of creating public-service announcements for both radio and television will be continued through the next few weeks. They will focus is assisting women veterans to better understand their entitlements as veterans, as well as to empower them to see themselves as veterans.

The American Legion will highlight what the organization currently is doing on behalf of women veterans and to encourage them to join the organization. This project is in its preliminary stages, and the VA&R staff will continue to work with Public Relations to make this a successful and effective endeavor.


  1. It is arguably true that women Veterans are the most underserved of the Veteran population. Human Potential Consultants of Carson, CA is working hard to change this unjust fact. Our dedicated staff is reaching out to and providing free services to these deserving Veterans, including an excellent pre-employment training for job readiness, employment assistance, training that leads to employment, higher education guidance, housing referrals, and support services. If you encounter a female Veteran in need of any of these services, please refer her to Marty Hill at: 310-756-1560. Thank you for your time and consideration.
  2. I am a brand new member, and prostate cancer victim. This comment is not about me, but my Mother inlaw. She served all of WWII. Her name is Hilda (Stockton) Rohrbaugh, and she is 89 years old. My wife has yet to recive a dime for her carefrom the VA, even with a Lawyers help. The Dirictor of the aseted living center is working with my wife on payments. I am being downgraded to 10%, and we have been helping pay for her care. I am not sure how we will pay for her care when that occurs. I am afraid she will passaway befor they ever approve funding from the VA. SO heads up Lady Warrors this is what you may face in the years to come.
  3. As a woman Legionnaire, there has to be a change in the image of the AL. That has to change at the local posts. A lot of times, the older members tend to run out the younger members who have a different idea of how to do things.Posts have to be more family friendly and open to change. Teach the newer members the traditions, but let them be heard and feel wanted. As far as the National Image, use women legionnaires for the PSAs. Women Veterans need to see women Legionnaires in positions other than just a member. Women Veterans need a connection with the Legion, need to see that another women veteran. They need to see that the Legion is open to women, young and old, without passing judgement and willing to embrace them. Posts, Districts, and Departments have to learn to embrace the women legionnaires they hve now and use them to bring in other women veterans into the Legion. Bring women legionnaires into more leadership roles, so they are seen, thus brings in more members.
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