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Women in the U.S. military at a ceremony on the SDSU campus. Women in the U.S. military at a ceremony on the SDSU campus.
 


First SDSU Women Veterans Forum Set for Oct. 13

The event is open to active duty, veterans, military dependents and military supporters.
By Jaena-May Caguiat
 

“It is inspiring to have an event solely focused on the women veteran community. I look forward to engaging with my peers and making our success a shared goal.”

San Diego State University, in partnership with County Supervisor Bill Horn and the County of San Diego, will host its inaugural Women Veterans Forum for all active duty, veterans, military dependents and military supporters.

The forum is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. With a theme of “Be the Change,” this event was organized to empower attendees in areas of personal, professional, and academic success.

“It is inspiring to have an event solely focused on the women veteran community,” said Diana Slade, U.S. Army veteran. “I look forward to engaging with my peers and making our success a shared goal.”

Participants of this inaugural event will be provided the opportunity to learn more about Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits, women veterans’ resources, professional development and education.

“Having a forum like this is great for women veterans because we don’t really know what resources are there for us once we’re out,” said Vanessa Rufino, current student and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Alongside other women service members, attendees will be able to create a network and community to help benefit them in finding careers and services after they have served.

The forum will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, lunch, recognition of the U.S. Navy’s 242nd birthday, a resource fair and a networking event. The keynote speakers will be MJ Hegar, Purple Heart Recipient Air Force combat pilot and author; and Maj. Gen. Angela Salinas, the first Hispanic woman to become a USMC general officer and first woman to command a Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

The event is free and includes complimentary parking and child care. Reservations must be made by Friday, Sept. 29.

For more information, email womenveterans@sdsu.edu, call 619-594-5813 or visit the event website.