National Women Veterans of America
~ History ~

WVA History

On 19 September 1990, Women Veterans of America was formed by four Women Veterans
who were in a support group lead by Claudia Mitzeliotis in Broklen, VA.

As the Gulf War was pending and it seemed eminent that a full-scale war was about to begin, the idea of forming
a Women Veterans of America organization, came about. We had already been through, and smoothed out,
the rough parts of dealing with the VA Hospital system.

We knew those women coming home from the Gulf would
need our expertise. We brought to the VA's attention, issues from women who had served in the military. The
majority of the patients were men so the WVA suggested the following issues be addressed:

    1. Privacy for patients

    2. Rooms for women patients with private bathrooms

    3. Women's pajamas

    4. GYN, mammograms, PAP smears, etc.

    5. Special medications that women may need

    6. Veteran Service Organization's (VSO) understanding the needs
    of disabled women veterans and how to handle their cases.

    7. PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sexual harassment,
    and assault groups led by therapists and psychologists.

    8. Transitioning from military to civilian life.

WVA Founders

WVA Founders (left to right):

Katherine Mussen - Vietnam Veteran

June Panzeri - WWII Veteran

Claudia Mitzeliotis - Brooklyn, VA

Mildred Cipolla - Korean War Veteran

Colleen Mussolino - Vietnam Veteran

Women Veterans of America is a registered 501(c) 19 organization.

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