Women military veterans, Guard/Reserve, transitioning active-duty service members are invited to attend a free Military/Veteran Women’s Expo 2017 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday (June 28) in the Grand Ballroom at the historic Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
The Expo is geared primarily for military women in San Miguel, Mora, Colfax, Union, and Harding Counties—but is open to all current or former military women. Similar expos are planned for other rural-area communities later this year.
This smaller size ensures a more intimate and personalized setting for women veterans to learn and ask questions about VA and state women’s health resources, VA and state benefits for all veterans, additional benefits/resources for women veterans, and federal/state programs specifically for veterans who want to start or expand a business.
Free morning coffee/pastries and lunch will also be provided for all attendees.
As an added bonus, Expo attendees can take advantage of free basic beauty salon and other services offered such as manicures, haircuts/styling, massages, acupuncture, therapeutic essential oils, and more. A nutrition and fitness advisor will also be on site to provide healthy lifestyle information.
According to NMDVS Women Veterans Program Coordinator Melanie Suazo, many women veterans are not taking advantage of their VA or state veterans’ benefits as much as their male counterparts.
According to VA data, women are the fastest-growing segment in the military and veteran population. There are 2,051,484 women veterans in America—about 9.5% of the total veteran population of 21.6 million.
Here in New Mexico, VA data shows there are 17,170 women veterans —also about 9.5 percent of the state’s veteran population of 168,709. As recently as 20 years ago, women made up less than 5 percent of both veteran…