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Join the Conversation: #VetsTownHall

Join the Department of Labor for a Women Veterans Twitter Town Hall on Tuesday, May 22 at 12 pm EDT

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from Work in Progress

Join the Department of Labor (DOL) for a Women Veterans Twitter Town Hall on Tuesday, May 22 at 12 pm EDT.

You’ll have the chance to ask questions about resources and services available to women veterans as they return home from active duty. Officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will take part in the discussion, as well as special guests from John 14:2, Inc., Women Veterans Interactive, and Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.

During the chat, DOL will discuss the department’s efforts to assist servicewomen with the resources necessary to successfully reintegrate back into civilian life. Below are some additional topics that we can cover Tuesday via the hashtag #VetsTownHall:

Department of Labor (@USDOL):

  • Send the Women’s Bureau questions about the “Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers,” an organizational self-assessment tool for service providers to assist them in serving women veterans. Latifa Lyles, acting director of the Women’s Bureau, will be on Twitter to answer questions about what her agency is doing to assist women veterans experiencing homelessness with community based resources.
  • Turn to Junior Ortiz, DOL’s deputy assistant secretary for veterans’ employment and training. You’ll have the chance to ask him about resources to assist and prepare women veterans to obtain meaningful careers, maximize their employment opportunities, and protect their employment rights.
  • Chat with Pamela Langley, DOL VETS division chief for employment and training programs and a veteran who recently returned from Afghanistan. She’ll join the conversation to answer your questions about where to go for assistance in looking for a new career and how to convert your military experience into civilian jobs.
  • Ask DOL’s Gerri Fiala, deputy assistant secretary for employment and training, questions about the Employment and Training Administration’s veterans’ programs and initiatives, such as the Gold Card, priority of service, and pilot with Microsoft to provide training for veterans.

 Department of Veterans Affairs: (@DeptVetAffairs):

  • Tweet the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mary Santiago, director of the Veteran Employment Services Office to learn about VA for VETS online resources and one-on-one coaching services to recruit, retain and reintegrate talented veterans to the federal government. She can tell you about the VA for VETS hiring fair in Detroit for veterans looking for careers in the public and private sectors.
  • Chat with Dr. Sally Haskell, acting director of VA’s Comprehensive Women’s Health, Dr. Mary Schohn, acting director of Mental Health Operations, and Dr. Susan McCutcheon, national director for Family Services, Women’s Mental Health and Military Sexual Trauma. They’ll be available to answer questions about women veteran’s mental health care, screening and treatment for experience of MST and family services.
  • Check in VA’s Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, director of the Center for Women Veterans, to learn about their mission and role in monitoring and coordinating health care, benefits services and programs for women veterans.
  • Ask VA’s Homeless Veterans Initiative Office Dr. Susan Angell, special assistant of the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs about housing and prevention efforts that assist women veterans.

Special Guests:

  • Chat with John 14:2, Inc., Women Veterans Interactive Founder and CEO Ginger Miller (@womenvetsaction). She’ll join the conversation to answer your questions about support services, housing options, advocacy and outreach for women veterans and their families.
  • Tweet the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation Mentoring Liaison Joan Grey (@BPWF4WomenVets) to learn how career mentoring can help women veterans get a boost in the job market by helping them find suitable employment and advance in their careers.

Tweet us before and during the event using the hashtag #VetsTownHall. You can also send us your questions by e-mail to before Monday, May 21 at 3 pm EDT.

Starting at 12 pm EDT on May 22, we’ll be live to answer questions submitted both before and during the event.

We look forward to tweeting you!