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2012 CALIFORNIA WOMAN VETERAN LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

MilitaryConnection.com is proud to promote the CalVet Awards for Women Veterans. We are pleased that CalVet is recognizing the achievements and contributions of women who have served in the military. According to a Pew Research Center study, the number of women serving on active duty has risen dramatically. The share of women among the enlisted ranks has increased seven-fold, from 2% to 14%, and the share among commissioned officers has quadrupled, from 4% to 16%. Women are also taking on all types of roles and sever in military occupational specialties (MOS) across the board. In addition, many are wives, mothers and daughters. CalVet Women Veteran awards will recognized the 2012 Woman Veteran of the Year for outstanding leadership and the second award will be given as a lifetime achievement in leadership.

About the awards
The California Woman Veteran Leader of the Year Awards recognize women veterans who have displayed a record of exemplary service and leadership while either serving in the military, as a veteran, or in their community. These awards are part of CalVet's ongoing efforts and commitment to respond to women veterans' issues where women veterans live, work and enjoy the freedoms of our great country, and encourage greater participation throughout the state.

Criteria for the awards
There will be two awards for the California Woman Veteran Leader of the Year. The first award will be given to the 2012 Woman Veteran of the Year for outstanding leadership and the second award will be given as a lifetime achievement in leadership.

Who can make a nomination for the awards
Nominations will be accepted from any California resident. We especially encourage submissions from veterans, Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), County Veterans Service Officers (CVSOs), and other veterans groups.

How to make a nomination for the awards
Nomination forms are available online at http://www.calvet.ca.gov/WomenMinority/Conference.aspx . You may also call (916) 653-1402 to request the forms be emailed, faxed, or mailed to you. Please attach copies of newspaper articles, photos of achievements and/or recognition, if any. The forms and the narrative must be submitted in writing explaining why the volunteer is being nominated for the award; the narrative may not exceed 500 words in length. Nominations that are not selected may be retained for future award consideration at the discretion of the committee.

How the recipient will be selected for the awards
The Women Veterans Leadership Conference Planning Committee will select the recipients. The selection criteria focus on the nominee’s achievements in the military, in support of veterans, her commitment to women veterans’ issues, and as a citizen in service of her hometown, the state of California and the United States of America.

About the recipients
Recipients of the California Woman Veteran Leader of the Year Award will be included in the CalVet Women Veterans Newsletter and on the Women Veterans webpage.

Nomination Form - Click here to view or print nomination form. (PDF reader required)
The California Woman Veteran Leader of the Year Award recognizes women veterans who have displayed a record of exemplary service and leadership while either serving in the military, as a veteran, or in their community. Please attach copies of newspaper articles and photos of achievements and/or recognition.

Completed nomination forms must be received by September 17, 2012. The Women Veterans Leadership Conference will take place on October 4, 2012. Mail To:
Women Veterans Affairs
California Department of Veterans Affairs
1227 O Street, Room 300
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email To: Womenveterans@calvet.ca.gov
Fax To: (916) 653-2611

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