Chaplaincy addressing women's issues.
Friday, December 2, 2011
“It is just as it says, networking,” explained Lecia A. Rodriques-Whyte, the group’s facilitator. The network falls under the Chaplain Services Department and is comprised of women Veterans who are coping with PTSD, MST, and others who are seeking to connect with other women Veterans to have someone they can relate to and who understand what they have been through.
The group meets every other week. Here they discuss such things as how to help other women and how to reach the women Veterans who need some help. “So far, we have a diverse community of women which makes up the entire military population. They also have women from various branches of the military, and who have served in various conflicts the US has been in,” Ms. Rodriques-Whyte said.
To date, the Women’s Veterans Network (WVN) has participated in 18 community outreach activities. There they meet other Veterans - not just women - and distribute information leading the veteran to a VA facility. They answer questions, and also offer various different kinds of support to the Veterans they meet.
“Another wonderful thing about the WVN is that they also travel to different states, meeting other women Veterans, and trying to help other groups get started with their own WVN,” Ms. Rodriques-Whyte added. They also go on retreats, where they meet women who have lost limbs and are in need of a friendly ear to listen.