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Vision 2020 To Lead 'WOMEN IN WARFARE' Discussion At Scottish Parliament

Vision 2020

Mary Flannery
Vision 2020
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PHILADELPHIA, PA- MAY 28, 2013- - Vision 2020 will take its message of advancing gender equality to Edinburgh, Scotland next month when founder and co-chair Lynn Yeakel moderates a panel discussion on "The Impact of Women's Leadership in Global Conflict" at Scottish Parliament.

The prestigious panel discussion on June 14 will be the culmination of a three-day conference, "Women and Warfare: From Troy to the Trenches," at The University of Edinburgh, June 12-14, 2013, that will examine the diversity of roles women have played in warfare from antiquity to current conflicts.

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Honoring Their Service

“You can’t swing a dead cat in Fort Worth without hitting some organization that says it’s serving veterans,” said Olson, the charismatic, straight-talking CEO of women’s veterans group Grace After Fire, based in Fort Worth. “But I’d rather have the space for helping veterans be crowded, with lots of people trying to do good work within it, than have it be cavernous, with nobody there to help us.”

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Colonel Olson Radio Interview

Colonel Kim Olson on the radio discussing Grace After Fire - April 2013

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Homeless female veterans a growing problem

Even as the Pentagon lifts the ban on women in combat roles, returning servicewomen are facing a battlefield of a different kind.

They are now the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, an often invisible group bouncing between sofa and air mattress, overnighting in public storage lockers, living in cars and learning to park inconspicuously on the outskirts of shopping centers to avoid the violence of the streets.

Projects and organizations that are non-profits continue to grow to provide assistance for women veterans. Protect-Connect-Renew targeted toward women veterans, offers conferences with workshops dealing with various issues effecting women veterans, as well as providing relaxation activities, and one on one counseling. Grace After Fire is one of these organizations providing assistance.

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