50+ Health Care Benefits, Career Resources, and Discounts for Women Veterans
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Despite historically facing restrictions on their ability to enlist in the armed forces, women have bravely served the United States at home and abroad throughout US history.
According to Veterans Affairs (VA), there are approximately two million women veterans currently living in the US, making up close to 10 percent of the veteran population. And, the VA estimates that those numbers will only increase in the decades to come.
Upon your return home, many businesses are eager to celebrate women veterans by offering discounts on products, goods, and services in honor of your time serving the US. There are also plenty of benefits that the government provides to veterans that can help you get access to health care, education, and much more.
That’s why we’ve compiled this guide to help you save money and take advantage of all of the discounts and deals available to women veterans. Here’s what you’ll get in this guide:
Information on what you need to access benefits
A list of government benefits and resources and how to get them
Deals for women veterans from some of your favorite businesses
So, let’s get started!
First things first - Military ID
One of the main things that you’re going to need to gain access to all the wonderful deals and benefits the US has to offer its women veterans is a military ID.
In our article on discounts for veterans, we run you through the steps you need to take to get some form of military ID, plus tons of different deals available to US veterans. Check it out here.
U.S. Dept. of VA
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has a ton of benefits for veterans in general, but it also offers a whole host of benefits specific to women veterans. You can apply for these benefits online using eBenefits, by working with an accredited representative or agent, or by visiting your regional VA office.
Here are some of the benefits and services that the VA offers specifically to women veterans:
Center for Women Veterans (CWV). The CWV works to increase awareness about women veterans, offers special initiatives for women vets such as their Women Athletes Veteran Initiative, and provides information and resources on benefits available to women veterans.
Women Veteran Coordinator (WVCs) in every regional office. WVCs offer comprehensive assistance to women veterans which can include help with development and processing of claims.
Resources for homeless women veterans. Homeless women veterans can get emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing from the VA. Homeless women veterans with dependent children can also access other resources.
VA benefits for survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women who have experienced sexual harassment or assault during their time in the military can access free confidential counseling for any emotional or physical issues connected to MST. You can get counseling even if you don’t qualify for other VA benefits and even if you didn’t report the incident when it happened.
Health care resources for women veterans
The VA offers extensive health care plans for many veterans. However, in addition to their regular coverage, there are specific plans that cater to the needs of women veterans under the VA Women Veterans Health Program. Here are a few of the special services you can access with your veteran women’s health care plan:
General primary care as well as specific primary care including menopausal support, HPV vaccines, birth control, pregnancy care, and cervical and breast cancer screenings.
Mental health evaluations and assistance.
Care for survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.
Management of chronic conditions.
Reproductive health care and counseling.
Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care.
Fellowships & retreats for women veterans
There are a number of fellowships and retreats available specifically to women that will help you advance your career, network, and develop the skills you need to be successful after your service. Here are a few:
Focus Forward Fellowship. Presented by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, this fellowship provides full funding for a four-day residency program for women veterans who are in college or pursuing advanced degrees. For the school year following the residency, you’ll keep in touch with other fellows on an online learning platform.
Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship. The AWF grants annual scholarships up to $2,500 for women veterans pursuing higher education.
After Her Service. This program offers two components. The first is a weekend retreat to help you learn skills for coping with stress, building optimism and practicing self care. The second is a six month professional coaching program designed to help you set career goals and learn the skills you need to achieve them.
Women Veterans ROCK hosts retreats and professional development events throughout the year. They also offer the Women’s Civic Leadership Institute, a one-year fellowship programmed designed to help women veterans transition to careers in civic and community leadership.
Martha Soehren Veterans Fellowship. A one-year fellowship for a woman veteran in the tech industry that offers the recipient a travel stipend for conferences and access to the Women in Cable Technologies educational programming and professional network.
Warrior PATHH (Progressive Alternative Treatments for Healing Heroes). Offers week-long retreats to help veterans work through PTSD and combat stress. Special retreats are available for families, couples, and women.
Center Point Retreats. Retreats create supportive environments for women veterans to connect with one another and find ways to cope with life post-service.
Career opportunities for women veterans
There are a number of amazing programs available to help you pursue your career goals and land the perfect job after you’ve completed your service.
Women Veterans Leadership Summit. Annual conference designed to empower women veterans, develop career skills, and network with other women vets to reach your career goals.
Lean In Women Veterans. A partnership between the VA and Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.org, this resource connects women veterans, provides career development resources, and helps women vets find local networking and career events.
National Resource for Women Veterans. A non-profit that offers free counseling, individual career and life coaching, and a network to connect with other women veterans.
Military Women eMentor. Connects women veterans with an online mentor who can offer advice and first-hand knowledge on the mentee’s career field of interest.
Military Exits. The site provides a catalogue of job listings for veterans and discharged military personnel returning to civilian employment. Veterans can browse listings of local job fairs or take a look at nation-wide opportunities.
The U.S. Department of Labor offers a Women Veteran Program that ensures equal resources are given to men and women veterans, and offers free employment services at American Job Centers nationwide.
Curves offers to cover $25,000 in expenses for women veterans to open their own franchise in their town.
Donations and free services for women veterans
She S.E.R.V.E.D. is an excellent resource that donates clothing and personal hygiene products, and offers weekend retreats and career workshops for a smooth transition out of military life.
Makeovers That Matter. Offers free hair, makeup, and style makeovers as well as career advancement training to help women veterans with the transition into civilian careers.
Brides Across America. Gives military personnel and their partners a free wedding dress in honor of their service.
Special resources for women veterans
Several organizations offer special resources for women veterans. Here are just a few that can help you:
The YWCA provides a multitude of resources for women vets, including emergency housing, health care, career training and counseling, and sexual assault support.
National service organizations such as the National Veterans Foundation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion also offer services to help you access your benefits as well as scholarships, employment resources, and emergency assistance if you’re in need.
Other quality reference sites and online communities for women veterans include AmericanWomenVeterans.org, National Women Veterans United, Army Women’s Foundation, Minority Women Veterans Organization, National League of Female Veterans, and Women Veterans Alliance.
Discounts for woman veterans
As we covered in our military discounts article, one of the best ways you can save money as a veteran is to sign up for a program to verify your military status such as ID.me.
ID.me is a digital wallet that confirms your status as a US veteran and hooks you up with exclusive discounts and deals in honor of your service. Here are some of the deals women veterans can get from using ID.me:
Roxy offers a 15% discount for military veterans.
Ashley Stewart offer a 10% discount for veterans online.
New York and Company offers a 30% discount in-store.
ID.me regularly offers you exclusive deals from Ann Taylor Loft, Betsey Johnson, and others.
As far as deals from merchants themselves, check out the list below:
Lady Foot Locker offers a 20% discount on orders online or in-store.
David's Bridal offers a 10% discount to active duty service members, veterans, and their families.
Larenas offers 15% off of bridal gowns and 10% of other gowns in stock when you show valid ID.
Invitations By Dawn gives military veterans 20% off sitewide when you use the code MILITARY.
Military members can get a 10% off discount at Dress Barn.
Torrid offers a 10% discount in-store or online.
Karen Kane gives military veterans a 20% discount online after verification.
Desarti offers a 15% discount online after verification.
Beyond the Rack gives you a $10 coupon when you register for their website for free using code MILITARY10.
Dorothy Perkins offers a 10% Defence Discount to veterans using the code DPDEF10
Arthur’s Jewelers offers a 10% discount for veterans.
Wedding Rings Depot offers a 15% discount online when you use the code MILITARY.
Tiffany offers a 10% discount on engagement rings and wedding bands.
Samuel’s Jewelers offers a 10% discount in store with a valid ID.
Moissanite Fine Jewelry offers a 5% discount on engagement rings.
Sally Beauty gives out their discount card (normally $5) for free to veterans in store which gets you special member pricing and access to discounts.
For more discounts and resources available for all veterans, you can take a look at our 100+ Gov't + Private Sector Discounts and Benefits for Veterans & Military Families.