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WOMEN VETERAN SOCIAL JUSTICE Network

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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Our mission is to identify connect and empower Women Veterans: individually, in local community groups, and electronically, in recognition and celebration of their military service, in recognition as veterans who pledge to leave no female comrade behind, and to continue to serve others. We will Empower, Connect, and Serve.

Results: Women Veteran Social Justice’s network reaches more than 100 networks and more than 30,000 community stakeholders online. We have a digital footprint that reaches into the millions of veteran connected communities. Our network is a nationally administered, community-based social network, striving to: Advocate, educate and bring together women veteran of all eras of service and all backgrounds by providing an easy to navigate support system to connect veterans with the services and resources they need. The first person narratives of women veteran are being recorded and distributed through multiple communities connected partnerships. We have participated in 100's of hours annually in support of standing up other organizations that support women veteran. We serve annually on panels and work with researchers to help quantify the needs of women veterans for the appropriate national programing and funding. We successfully co-host and host quarterly listening sessions and outreach events for all veteran to be supported. We have successfully petitioned City and State political representatives to recognize women veteran legislatively for programs and proper program funding. We co-host on a local and national level, executive and professional training for military and veteran women to experience networking with Senior leaders of Federal employment. We have ongoing projects that give High School and Middle School students opportunities for digital learning through our interviews with a veteran. Through our peer support network, we have graduated women leaders into clinical and academic work and advanced women into politics, advocacy and business leadership.

Target demographics: Honor and welcome and connect women veteran

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 hygiene/ comfort bags, sponsored 2 women veteran for professional development, graduated 2 interns through our program and trained 5 women veteran for leadership. We also advocated for sexual assault survivors and had educational panels for healthcare and clinical professional learning. Our leaders sat on committees tasked with making programs better for veteran.

Geographic areas served: Atlanta Local and National communities

Programs: Online on-demand information resources and learning programs, quarterly and annual training for workforce development. Information resources offered online on demand through social media. Annual retreat and networking mixer.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This woman is a hero . . . my hero. This must be dealt with and stopped. Bless you BriGette Page McCoy. Keep up the good fight.

1 Darvin S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for speaking up. There are lots of women service members that need to know this.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The internship program offered by WVSJ is awesome and available to both Veteran and non-
Veteran students. The fall and winter retreats for women veterans (one of which allows their kids to come depending on space) are a remarkable way to connect with others in safe donated places in the mountains and beach. I have experienced both and am better for them. BriGette McCoy, the Founder and CEO, deserves all good things for her helping Veterans!

1 Connie H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

WVSJ is an organization that has a heart Women Veterans. Their mission is to connect veterans to resources and build a community for veterans. It is a great group that is bettering the lives of women veterans. A group of women who are unselfish.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my search to find an organization that would allow me to make a difference in the women veteran community I came across Women Veterans Social Justice Network here in Atlanta. From the beginning I was in all of all the things that they had accomplished, this let me know that I was in the right organization. WVSJ Is all about togetherness, Sisterhood, and strength. I have become a senior in bassador with the organization and spend many hours telling others how to become involved. There is no issue for women veteran that we don't tackle as an organization. For the thousands of women veterans out there who still want to serve out of uniform this is the place for you. Join us and make a difference!

1 Carolyn Y. A.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

WVSJ is a great source for women interested in reconnecting with the spirit of becoming part of the greater good network. As we understand, leaving behind the uniformed service does not mean leaving behind that essence of experience. WVSJ offers each woman the opportunity to sharpen and polish as well as learn and evolve simply by communicating, aligning and sharing what we have with one another. This is something we can do for the rest of our lives , freely.

2 Christine V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WSSJ is awesome. It encourages networking and support among Women Veterans of all service branches and eras. I have been able to meet other women veterans nationwide that are able to understand the unique challenges of being a woman veteran.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an AF veteran living in a non military town, I constantly look for organizations that refect my service. WVSJ has introduced me to a network of female veterans and nationwide resources. Not only that, but the organization is always providing opportunities for meaningful connections.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve worked with the WVSJ Network for half a decade. BriGette is the subject matter expert that I trust to come on my radio show, Tipping Point with Boone Cutler, to truly selflessly update America of the vital topics she carries the banner for. And she wouldn’t be my friend if she wants totally BADASS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Veteran Social Justice Network (WVSJ) thank you for the excellent service your organization have provided.

The professionalism and ability to get to the bottom of the situation quickly exceeded our Women Veterans Network of New York (WVNNY) expectations.

I will always remember your willingness to help us during the time of need. It takes a very special person to leave what is important to help others. For that we commended all that you do. You can be sure that we (I) will continue to be an ambassador, camrade and friends.

With abounding respect
Penelope McClenan

1 Kalen A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I honestly cannot tell you exactly how and when we met, but by the time we had connected, she was recommended to me at least a dozen times! Basically, her reputation precedes her in the women veteran space. Here is why WVSJ is different - she leaves nothing on the table. If you have sexual trauma to heal from, if you are a budding entrepreneur and need support, if you are fighting to help women through your own organization, etc. -- she will leverage the network to help. Women are natural community builders, and BriGette is probably the master! She has helped me walk through my own fears, insecurities and has connected me with other great people. Her heart really is for helping women. Not only that but she advocates for better treatment of women in uniform even though she is no longer active duty. I truly don't think she will ever stop helping women who need transition assistance, healing and a positive place to "be". I highly recommend her and all of the ambassadors who support her they are truly a blessing to our community.

3 BriGette M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

WVSJ Network has connected military and women veteran since early 2009 with the use of the internet a laptop and social media. As the Founder I led the community at large through the interconnection of small networks of women doing great things in their communities. Our work is amplifying the 1st person narratives of this community for empowerment. We have done so much to bring our community forward through retreats, workshops, professional development events, conferences, coaching and mentoring. We have donated thousands of hygiene and comfort bags across the Southeast, given small professional development and leadership stipends, help guide thousands to the right resources communities and support while continuing to build the community. We have collaborated with dozens of organizations and helped them to bring nuance and the appropriate services and resources to support or add women veteran to their programs. We have been received Nationally before Congress, the Surgeon General and on media and television to bring Awareness to the unique challenges women who serve have experienced. We will continue to spearhead new initiatives based from our core mission to identify connect and empower women who have served from any era, any time or branch of service.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Women Veteran Social Justice has been a place of support for women veteran of all eras and service branches and service times. While their focus is on women veteran, spouses of women veteran have reached out and been enriched by services to their wives, fathers, and sons to their daughters and mothers who have served. Having a community that honors and welcomes women veterans for their sacrifices to the country through military service is as important as information about claims, homeless services, retreats, crisis intervention and opportunities to connect professionally and socially. Having a community of veterans and civilians who appropriately support the women veteran community has been essential to the growth and leadership of our community at large and impactful to policy, research, education, and business.

2 Sandra W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an older Veteran. VN Era USARMY. (WAC). I am not certain how it happened, I became aware of the Womens Veterans Social Justice Network. We formed that contact and I am forever grateful. Ms. BRIDGET helped me become aware of assistance and benefits available to me. I received encouragement to move forward. Now I am stronger for it. I have hope for the future. Thanks so much. SLW

2 Diana D.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

This organization does such an amazing job empowering and connecting women veterans around the country!

There are few places for this population to connect and revitalize and WVSJ provides the framework for leadership development, expansion of networks, exchange of ideas and information and revitalization of grassroots efforts in different areas of the nation.

As a national organization that understands the fundamental requirements for outreach to a wide array of women veteran populations and their needs across the spectrum, WVSJ is able to construct presentations tailored to the needs of a given community based on widely varying demographics and anticipated outcomes.

The future of WVSJ as an integral part of developing women veteran public-private partnerships as their presence as the fastest growing veteran population continues for the next 75 years is unlimited.

2 Lisa D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Veteran Social Justice Network is an important organization that serves veterans, taking into consideration all paradigms of the military experience. Its founder, BriGette McCoy, works tirelessly to ensure women veterans gain access to needed resources. She also brings together individuals and organizations, working as ambassadors, to build a powerful resource network. I am honored to call you friend!!!!!

3 Duane W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Brigette McCoy, the Founder, and CEO of Women Veteran Social Justice Network some years ago. Her experience in veterans policy advocacy at the national, state and regional level is sound. I saw her develop stable academic relationships with Kennesaw State University and Georgia Technical Institute, resulting in widely attended public education forums. I have witnessed her advocacy for the individual empowerment of individuals who were sexually abused by military personnel at the national, state, and regional level with both federal, state, and local legislatures and administrations. I have seen her work to give a voice to veterans in general in her work with the Commission on Veterans for the City of Atlanta, highlighted by the city's official resolution to apologize and work to improve the conditions of its neglected Vietnam Veterans population. The area that she is working to develop is the funding mechanisms that will make it easier for her to translate a challenging problem into policy and legislation that protects individual service members, provides a reporting mechanism for the implementation of solutions, and recognizes the value of all human beings. To push useful policy recommendations at the state and federal level, she needs the community of veterans to increase their funding support to enable her to remain face to face with legislators. She also needs funding to continue to carry out polling and quantitative analysis of trends, to translate anecdotal findings into scientifically valid assumptions that can further provide potential solutions to decreasing military sexual trauma and providing effective treatment that returns individuals to full contributing capacity within society.

2 Jessica D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BriGette is very committed to empowering veterans, women, minorities, single mom's, and the list goes on. She has overcome just about any obstacle you can imagine and has done so with class and dignity. She is blessed at anything she sets her mind to accomplish. She has much to offer and contribute. She is very tech savvy also and on the frontline of tech trends.

2 Jason M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the premier nonprofits working in the field of women veteran issues. I have worked with Women Veteran Social Justice on numerous occasions and I can tell you: This is a great organization. They are the pinnacle of professionalism and deeply care about their mission. They have been a major contributor to numerous actions, legislation, and movements around the issues and rights of women veterans. Keep doing the great work WVSJ!

3 D'Olivia J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so very grateful being around people--WOMEN--who "GET IT." ANd these are Women who understand what it means being a Black, female, commissioned officer "Veteran" and the consequences of military sexual trauma (MST) and other health-related matters I still deal with as a result of our service to this country. Led by the passionate, knowledgeable, wise and determined CEO, BriGette McCoy, WVSJ offers a myriad of opportunities for Women Veterans to come together in safe places to be heard, to share our thoughts and feelings, and gain insights on how to ensure all our rights are met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My go-to for Women Veteran knowledge. As a woman veteran, it is essential to be educated on our social justice and the system. This education helps towards the benefits available for us. Keep fighting the good fight!!!

3 Sharon T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible resource of information about matters very important for women.