Celebrate Female Veterans this Women's History Month!
March is National Women's History Month (WHM) and Benefits.gov is proud to help celebrate this year's theme: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. As part of the celebration this year, Benefits.gov would like to recognize our Women Veterans for their service over the years.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population. One way to honor our Veterans is by documenting their stories. The Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, commemorates Women's History Month with the "Women of Four Wars" website spotlighting female Veterans.

Filled with photographs and historic references, the profiles in "Women of Four Wars" covers nearly 60 years and documents the changing role of American women in wartime service. Narratives include the story of Vietnam Veteran 1st Lt. Mary L. Weiss Hester, an Air Force flight nurse who logged more than 760 hours between Japan and Korea during her 14 months abroad (featured in our image above), and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran Lt. Cmdr. Holly Harrison, the first woman in the U.S. Coast Guard to earn the Bronze Star.

The Veterans History Project relies on volunteers to interview Veterans and submit their recollections, along with letters, photographs, memoirs and other documents to the Library of Congress to be archived and shared with future generations. Individuals, schools, libraries and community organizations are encouraged to commemorate Women's History Month by interviewing female Veterans. Those interested can download a VHP Field Kit from the Veterans History Project site.

Another way to honor our women Veterans (and Veterans in general) is by sharing information about the current benefit and assistance programs that the government offers. In addition to benefits offered to both men and women, VA also provides comprehensive medical services tailored for female Veterans including primary care and disease prevention, gender-specific health care (e.g., hormone replacement therapy, breast and gynecological care), and maternity and limited infertility (excluding In-vitro fertilization) programs.

To learn more about the benefit programs that may be available to Veterans and their families, click "Start Benefit Finder" on our homepage to use our simple and confidential prescreening tool. You can also visit the Browse by Category page and select Military: Active Duty and Veterans to view over 70 programs in this category.

Benefits.gov is proud to recognize National Woman's History Month and to honor all the Women who have helped to shape our country's extraordinary history.


Image Credit: U.S. Library of Congress and United States Coast Guard