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2011 CalVet Women Veterans Conference

Ontario The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and the Inland Empire Veterans Collaborative are partnering to host the 2011 CalVet Women Veterans Conference: Enhancing Inner Beauty, Inner Strength to address the issues that impact the lives of women veterans. Women veterans, including those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, face challenges when making the transition from military duty back to civilian life. Many find it difficult to obtain employment while dealing with issues such as post traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma and homelessness.  

This two-day conference will educate women veterans about their VA benefits and connect them with job opportunities and various resources. The conference will also feature dynamic keynote and motivational speakers, a Military Women Veterans Panel: Telling Their Stories and an open forum with California Legislators. Two women veterans will be recognized as recipients ofthe 2011 California Woman Veteran of the Year Award.

     Date: Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8, 2011

    Time: Friday – 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
               Saturday – 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  

    Place: DoubleTree Hotel Ontario Airport
                222 North Vineyard Avenue
                Ontario, CA 91764

Who: CalVet Undersecretary Lawrence Gonzales, CalVet Deputy Secretary for Women & Minority Veterans Barbara Ward, Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter and Ontario Mayor Paul Leon (all will participate in the Welcome Reception on Friday, October 7 at 8 a.m.).   

Background: This is the fourth year that CalVet has hosted the CalVet Women Veterans Conference, which has helped to connect hundreds of women veterans with medical benefits, transitional housing, education benefits and job opportunities. California is home to 166,700 women veterans, the highest population of any state. With California's women leading the nation in military service, this conference is instrumental in creating awareness and meeting the needs of a growing women-veteran population.

NOTE: Members of the media are welcome to attend all segments of the conference. Click here to view the conference agenda or visit

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