The 2017 National Women Veterans Summit is swiftly approaching and we are looking forward to seeing many of you in Houston, Texas. For those of you who are unable to attend, check out the VA Facebook Live Events page and Twitter feed regularly on Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26 for live streams and tweets. Join the online conversation using the hashtag #VAWomenVetsSummit.
On Thursday evening, we will screen Journey to Normal and hear from some of those involved in making this powerful documentary, and on Friday evening, we will enjoy a performance by women Veteran stand-up comics from ASAP. The opening plenary Voice of the Veteran panel featuring five women will set the stage for the rest of the summit by grounding us in the diverse experiences and concerns of Veterans themselves. These events, along with a display of works by women Veteran artists, offer deeply personal ways to explore the experiences, diversity, resilience, creativity, and humor of women Veterans.
We’ll hear keynote plenary addresses from VA Chief of Staff Vivieca Wright Simpson and Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho (Ret.) – first woman and first nurse to serve as the Army’s surgeon general. Breakout sessions will feature speakers from public, private and nonprofit organizations across a wide array of industries to promote dialogue and collaboration.
With an anticipated 800 women Veterans and supporters participating in this event, it is the largest summit ever hosted by the VA’s Center for Women Veterans. It will be a terrific opportunity to engage