Pacific Islands Health Care System
HONOLULU — More than 170 women veterans from across the state gathered at Tripler Army Medical Center, here, for the first Hawaii Women Veterans Conference, Nov. 14.
Co-sponsored by the Hawaii Office of Veterans Services, Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System, and TAMC, the conference was organized by a committee of women veterans.
“The conference is the beginning of a conversation and networking effort to reach out to Hawaii’s women veterans,” said Ann Greenlee, state director, Hawaii & Guam Veterans’ Employment & Training Service.
“Our goals are to provide information and assistance on VA health services, starting your own business, succeeding in the civilian business world, financial planning and veteran benefits both from the VA and community service providers,” she added.
“We want Hawaii’s women veterans to know about the benefits they have earned and to also understand that there is a network available to assist where and when needed,” Greenlee continued.
A highlight of the conference was a proclamation from Gov. David Ige making Nov. 14 Hawaii Women Veterans Day.
Sen, Mazie Hirono and a representative for Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell also provided opening comments, and Rep. Tulsie Gabbard, an Army veteran, was the keynote speaker.
Participants enjoyed lunch provided by VA Pacific Islands Health Care as they checked out more than 50 exhibits featuring information and resources specifically for women veterans.
Also, mammograms, flu shots and yoga were available in the morning before the afternoon workshops at TAMC.
Nationwide, women veterans number approximately 2.02 million. In Hawaii, there are more than 14,000 women veterans; however, only 4, 300 access their benefits and health care through the VA Pacific Island Health Care.
For information on Women’s Health Care, call 855-VAWOMEN (855-829-6636) or visit www.womenshealth.va.gov/.