VA Secretary to speak at inaugural Military Women's Coalition meeting

Eric Dehm
August 29, 2018 - 1:12 pm

DVIDS Photo by Pfc. James Bourgeois

There's a new headliner at the inaugural Women's Military Coalition meeting Sep. 7th in Atlanta, Ga. During an appearance on the Morning Briefing radio show, Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) CEO Lydia Watts announced that VA Secretary Robert Wilkie will be on hand to deliver the opening remarks at the event.  

The day-long meeting will be attended by representatives from over 70 organizations that focus on the issues facing women veterans and/or those currently serving. Watts says Secretary Wilkie agreeing to speak at the event on short notice, and altering his schedule to do so, is a good sign that he plans to make women's issues a significant focus during his time at VA.

"We are very, very optimistic that that's what this development shows," Watts said. "To be candid, I thought it was such a long shot that he would be able to come... we certainly were very pleased to see his seeming commitment, and we hope that's an indicator of his commitment moving forward to addressing some of these issues that continue to plague the VA regarding women veterans."


While seating at the event is at capacity, having filled up faster than expected, the SWAN CEO says access to a live stream of the event is still available to organizations with a track record of working on behalf of women vets and they can reach out to SWAN to make arrangements for that by e-mailing SWAN's Director of Programs and research Dr. Ellen Haring at

As for the general public, and organizations who don't typically deal with women's issues, Watts says they can look forward to a recap of the event to be released by SWAN and the coalition after the event. 

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