FALL 2019  volume 1, issue 2  AMERICAN VETERAN ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN  MAGAZINE  FINALLY
Empowering  Women Veterans To create a community to Equip, Empower   Encourage each other with knowledge, resoures, mentor...
AMERICAN VETERAN ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN MAGAZINE  AVOW Magazine has launched, and we hope you have enjoyed the first issue ...
content.FALL.2019  24 12 34 16  4  FEATURES   ON THE COVER Finally  She   s here  Meet our newest soldier.  Visibility It ...
10  ART, CULTURE, HISTORY   LIVING Stepping Back from the Edge  20  Healthcare Beyond the VA  40  My Business Saved My Lif...
AVOWMagazine.com  Christina Wilkinson - USAF PUBLISHER Sheila L. Holmes - USAF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Erin Trower - USAF EDITORIA...
CONNECTING YOU IS WHAT WE DO  Helping women veteran owned businesses  WVOBs  scale for success. Establishing strategic all...
JoAnn and her husband Rich have been married 35 years.  8  Fall 2019     www.AVOWMagazine.com
MILITARY SPOTLIGHT FLEET MASTER CHIEF  AW SW  JOANN MARIE ORTLOFF  Ret.  JoAnn Ortloff retired in 2015 and now volunteers ...
STEPPING BACK FROM THE EDGE When I returned from deployment in 2013, I wanted to get as far away from people as possible. ...
Genevieve Chase is the founder of American Women Veterans and serves in the Army Reserve  intelligence field, works in the...
VISIBILIT Y IT BEGINS WITH SEEING THE VALUE OF YOUR OWN SERVICE BY SHEILA L. HOLMES  Claudette Williams, Women Veterans an...
The officers of Gladys Watkins Post 550.  Claudette Williams  left  and Donna Shannon.  this  it doesn   t matter how many...
Sheila L. Holmes and Claudette Williams.  the door as my husband and I removed our gear. I took some deep breaths to prepa...
Uniforms worn by different women  a bunk  footlockers    some from Sgt Major Williams    own collection.  a woman on one  ...
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LinkedIn Information and Tips   Tricks  BY MELISSA WASHINGTON  LinkedIn is a social media platform geared to professionals...
Always customize the message that you send when making connection requests. It is important to take the time to    Add Not...
counts. Go to the    My Network    icon on the top of your homepage. On this page, in the left column, you will see    Add...
Healthcare Beyond the VA  BY LAQUISTA ERINNA, DBH, LCSW  W  omen have always played an integral role in the United States ...
Facebook.com AVOWMagazine     Fall 2019  PHOTO BY RAWPIXEL.COM  Women veterans have unique needs and challenges when it co...
Arts   Crafts Discounts AC Moore     15  Discount  Women and men who have served and are serving our country may present t...
While we have checked the validity of each of these offers just prior to publishing, we recommend that you, the consumer, ...
FINALLY  BY SHEILA L. HOLMES and CHRISTINA WILKINSON  AND SHE HAS A NAME   DISCLAIMER  The depiction of the new toy as sho...
WERE YOU THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH THE GREEN TOY SOLDIERS BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO EMULATE THE SOLDIER, OR WERE YOU THE GIRL W...
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plastic army men, I learned these soldier figures were briefly produced in bright blue, yellow and pink in the early 1970s...
would like me to produce, and I was testing different methods for product validation  making sure there   s a demand befor...
Additional interview questions we asked Jeff Does your woman toy soldier have a name  Generally speaking, plastic Army men...
PHOTO BY PIXABAY  WOMEN VETERAN LICENSE PLATES BY SHEILA L. HOLMES  W  hy do women need their own monuments and license pl...
WELCOME THE STATES WITH WOMEN VETERANS PLATES On February 21, 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was the ...
INFORMATION MY MILITARY RESOURCES WEBSITES va.gov womenvet  Center for Women Veterans  Monitor and coordinate VA   s admin...
MILITARY HUMOR Riddles What do you call a soldier who survived mustard gas   pepper spray  A seasoned veteran. What do you...
BY MELISSA WASHINGTON CEO   FOUNDER WOMEN VETERANS ALLIANCE  O  ne of the many questions I get is,    Why do you call it a...
recording artsist    Auburn Road   . Sunday we had a beautiful dog tag pendant an art class and wine tasting. We closed wi...
WHERE IS A MAN   S PLACE  IN THE LEGION FAMILY  BY SHEILA L. HOLMES  36  Fall 2019     www.AVOWMagazine.com
We often speak about having space   our own place to feel safe and appreciated, and to be productive  many of us actively ...
and daughters, would be their advocates. The ALA has accomplished a proud herstory of service to military families  accord...
PHOTO BY NACHO JU  REZ  P  rior to my retirement date, I fostered fantasies of long, decorated fingernails  late mornings ...
My Business Saved My Life BY ROLANDE S. SUMNER, ELI-MP, CPC  ations, major depression, and significant anxiety at bay. Let...
PHOTO BY TRINITY  Have You Ghosted the VA  BY SHEILA L. HOLMES  E  ver heard the term,    Use It or Lose It     We all hav...
The list of reasons many veterans feel is sufficient to not utilize VA care looms large, the best reason to use it is this...
S e r ve. Honor. Emp owe r.  American Women Veterans Foundation  generations of powerful and inspiring women.  believes th...