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Wellness event for women’s vets scheduled for June 14

Staff Report

The Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) announces the Women Veterans Event for Reno and Sparks will be held June 14 at Renown Regional Medical Center.

The event is designed to educate women of different generations about wellness, education and employment and will offer information through a variety of classes.

“Women veterans are often over looked in the public as being part of the veteran community,” said Yvonne Betron, NDVS women veterans coordinator. “But as every other veteran, they have needs and concerns and we want to bring them together for the opportunity to discuss and learn about issues and interests with other women veterans in their community.”

The Northern Nevada event is the third event in the series planned for the year to engage and assist women veterans throughout the state. The Reno event will offer classes on a range of topics to include the combat paper project, stress management, dress for success and computers. Lunch will be catered at Renown by their catering department. The event will be able to host 80 attendees. Registration is required, and interested women veterans may contact NDVS by calling Pam Roberts at 1-775-688-1653 or emailing robertsp@veterans.nv.gov.

One of the issues for women veterans is many, especially older women veterans, do not view themselves as veterans so we are reaching out to organizations and media to help find women veterans and not only change the perception of veteran status, but to address the special issues women veterans have. Of Nevada’s nearly 300,000 veterans, approximately 24,000 are women veterans.

“As with all of our NDVS events, we ask for and encourage the public to spread the word of these events which will help raise awareness among women veterans and help the community to understand and connect with veterans,” said Director Kat Miller. “Nevada communities throughout the state are always very supportive of veterans and this is an opportunity for us to reach further into a part of the veteran population which can be easily overlooked.”