NWVU provides women veterans with information and assistance with VA claim filing and makes referrals to county, state and federal resources.
NWVU is especially effective for women that may need to first bond with other women, due to the nature of serious and sensitive issues or to find out what to expect when they go to the benefits office or health care facility. The majority of referrals are direct contacts for services.
NWVU members have genuine concern for military/women veterans who are survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other disabling conditions and military/women readjusting from military to civilian status. That is why we wanted a safe private space just for military/women veterans to go. Not like your typical Veteran’s clubs.
The Women Veteran’s Center provides Peer to Peer Support and group discussions creates the necessary atmosphere for sharing like experiences.
Utilize the computer for creating resumes, business letters or researching resources.
Watch a personal development or Peer Support webinar on the big screen TV.
Sit in the meditation room where it is serene for finding that space to relax the mind, body and soul in the comfortable reclining chairs donated by the VA Health Care System. Spend time working on a Veteran Craft Kit project donated by Help Hospitalized Veterans.The Arts and Crafts Therapy is relaxing and provides a monumental journey of welcoming peace through the vibrant colors in the Art work on the wall or just relax and listen to the sounds of nature.
Have small children? They will love the colorful small table and chairs books, coloring books, crayons, puzzels or teenagers? We are motherly friendly and have, TV and computers. They can also work with you on a craft project.
Need toiletries, can goods, clothing? Our house is also your home.
NWVU membership includes professionals that have worked as accredited Veteran Service Officers (VSO) or are currently employed in that capacity.
Many of the women have already gone through the process of accessing their VA benefits and they share information on the process that takes place.
All individual case management assistance is strictly confidential and free.
Veterans Service Officers (VSO) are accredited through the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and the African American Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Association.
Honoring the sacrifices and contributions of women that have stood in defense of this nation.
WE will not write ourselves out of military history!