The Department of Veteran Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is partnering with Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) to honor women Veterans through a viewing of the documentary “Service: When Women Come Marching Home” and provide information on VA benefits, including those available for healthcare and education to eligible women Veterans.
The event will be held Monday, April, 15 at 7 p.m. at the Keathley University Center theater on the MTSU campus and feature keynote speaker and Veteran Sue Downs who is featured in the documentary, highlighting the struggles of and triumphs of returning home as a combat wounded woman veteran. Downs will take part in a question-and-answer session during the event to other Veterans in attendance.
Women Veterans who attend the event will see a free viewing of the documentary and the chance to talk to staff from the VA and MTSU on how to maximize available education and healthcare benefits, as well as the chance to register for VA healthcare.
Director of VA TVHS Juan A. Morales said the event is an exciting partnership to work with the university to highlight VA benefits, especially the VA health benefits available for women Veterans.
“VA TVHS’s Women Veterans Healthcare Program is a leader in the VA nationwide providing healthcare to the brave women who served our country. We are aware that many of these women are utilizing their VA educational benefits at college campuses throughout the Mid state such as MTSU. This event allows us to provide awareness of healthcare programs available exclusively to women Veterans,” said Morales.
MTSU officials are welcoming women Veterans from throughout the Mid-State and those who attend community colleges in the area to provide information regarding educational benefits and how they can apply these benefits. Veteran advisors from MTSU’s Vet Success Center will be attending the program to provide information.
“MTSU is honored to partner with the VA for this event in support of women veterans,” MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said. “Through our VetSuccess office and events such as this, the university will continue to support these valuable contributors to our campus and the wider community. Helping women Veterans fulfill their higher education goals is an effort we gladly join.”
The event is open to all women Veterans and their families in Middle Tennessee. For more information on the event, contact Kim Holden at (615) 225-5535 or Cathy Kirchner at (615) 898-5814.
MTSU is the only Tennessee university selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for a “VetSuccess on Campus “program. It also has been named a military-friendly institution for three years in a row by G.I. Jobs magazine.
TVHS is a tertiary integrated healthcare system comprised of two hospitals, the Alvin C. York Campus in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and the Nashville Campus in Nashville, Tenn. TVHS has community based outpatient clinics located in Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. For more information about VA TVHS, visithttp://www.tennesseevalley.va.gov/
Alvin C. York Campus:
3400 Lebanon Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Chris Conklin, Public Affairs Specialist