The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), under which the Office of Veterans Affairs is found, is hosting its first Pennsylvania Women Veterans Symposium (PWVS) on March 8-10, 2013, at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg. All Pennsylvania women veterans, regardless of period of service, are welcome.
The symposium is geared to meet the needs of women veterans by providing them with information and resources, to include VA benefits and health care. Important guest speakers will be featured, as well as breakout sessions on a variety of topics of particular interest to women veterans. The event will also provide an opportunity to meet fellow vets and build camaraderie.
The agenda is not yet been completed, but the event will kickoff with a welcome reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8. General sessions and breakout sessions will begin on Saturday morning. The event will conclude by 11 a.m. on Sunday. For more information on the tentative agenda and updates to it, click here.
The DMVA is anticipating about 300 women veterans may attend this three-day event. Meals and lodging for the women veterans and their caregivers are to be free. The only cost is a small registration fee. For more information click here. Now is the time to submit your reservation.
The Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation, a relatively new 501(c)(3) nonprofit on which the Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs serves as Chairman, is a co-partner for this event. It is financing the event and it is a costly proposition.
Therefore, the Foundation is seeking sponsors to cover the cost of the lodging, food, guest speakers, programs and outreach materials.
Sponsors will be listed in the programs and will have the opportunity to set up an exhibit to highlight their products or services — providing a unique opportunity to reach out to and support women veterans. For more information on sponsorship, click here.
As of 23 January 2013; updated 24 January 2013