From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service will host “A Purposeful Life: The First Annual Georgia Women Veterans Conference.”
“We intend this conference to highlight the unique issues facing women veterans, and we believe it will provide insight for improving services to this growing segment of our veteran population,” said GDVS Commissioner Pete Wheeler. “We want to do everything possible to see that all Georgia veterans receive every benefit to which they are entitled.”
Approximately 105,000 of Georgia’s 776,000 veterans are women, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of the Actuary. By percentage, women comprise 13.5% of Georgia’s veteran population, which is above the national 9.8% of veterans who are women. (Figures are from federal fiscal year 2012, the latest available. VA projects the national percentage of women veterans to continue increasing.)
The conference is being organized by Deborah Jones, GDVS Women Veterans Coordinator, with support from GDVS Claims & Appeals Division.
“The female veterans have a special place in my heart,” said Jones, a Retired Army Master Sergeant. “It is my goal to encourage, uplift, and show them just how much we care.”
The morning portion of the program will be given over to motivational speakers. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Deadrea J. Miller, Deputy Executive Director of Every Woman Works, Inc. BEE VETS Program.
An afternoon “fun and pampering” session is also planned.
The event will be held in the Pete Wheeler Auditorium of the Atlanta VA Medical Center, 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided to the first 80 registered attendees.
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pete Wheeler Auditorium
Atlanta VA Medical Center
1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033