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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Sexual assault reports are up a third this year at the military service academies



Reports of unwanted sexual contact at the military service academies jumped over 30 percent in the past year, according to a Defense Department report released Thursday.
The numbers, totaling both restricted and unrestricted sexual assault reports filed by midshipmen and cadets at the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy and West Point, are up to 122 in 2019, from 92 in the previous two years.



VA improperly paid out more than $300,000 in disability claims


WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs handed out about $311,000 in improper disability payments after an agency employee miscalculated claims, according to the department’s inspector general.
The overpayments stemmed from a single employee at the VA’s Little Rock Regional Office in Arkansas making bad decisions and improperly processing paperwork during the disability claims process, and the failure of managers to provide the proper oversight on 11 disability rating decisions, according to a report by the VA Inspector General’s Office. The employee, who was not named in the IG report, has resigned.


1 in 5 veterans' military sexual trauma claims were wrongly denied or mishandled by VA, officials say



For nearly two years, about one in five veteran military sexual trauma claims were wrongfully denied or improperly handled by the Department of Veterans Affairs, officials told Congress Wednesday.

In September 2019, VBA completed a review of about 9,700 previously-denied MST claims from Oct. 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018. Of the 9,700 the agency reviewed, about 1,900 "required additional development" so they were initially wrongly denied or improperly handled, VBA Undersecretary for Field Operations Willie Clark told Congress. 


 The pace of suicides in 2019 so alarmed Air Force leaders that the service’s top commander, Gen. David Goldfein, ordered a “tactical pause” in operations in July to raise awareness of the problem. He warned that suicides could exceed 150 by the end of the year if nothing was done.

Goldfein’s action appears to have had an effect. Suicides occurred at a rate of about 13 per month before the pause and dropped to an average of 5.6 a month for the rest of the year.

The record 2019 total was shown in an Air Force graphic displayed on a Facebook group of airmen, non-commissioned officers and senior NCOs (called “Air Force amn/nco/snco”).

The graphic was marked for official use only within the Pentagon. A Pentagon official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed its authenticity to the San Antonio Express-News.
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Opportunity 2020 - Financial Investments & Entrepreneurship - MIWVE Michigan Money Smart Week 2nd Annual


Registration is open!!! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opportunity-2020-financial-investments-entrepreneurship-tickets-91699554837

JOIN US!! For our 2nd Annual MIWVE’s Money Smart Week Michigan Event on Saturday April 11, 2020 from 12 Noon to 2 pm at the Southfield Parks and Rec Dept. 26000 Evergreen Rd. Southfield MI

It’s FREE and open to the public - Hosted by Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment & the Southfield Veterans Commission Org.  

Presenter: Scott Reed a Vietnam veteran’s son and a professional financial advisor for Edwards Jones Investments will help make sense of investing, provide insight into the world of financial investments and present an entrepreneurship opportunity. www.edwardjones.com

For the average working-class American citizen including veterans and military personnel and their family members. The world of financial investments is foreign, seemingly unattainable and often intimidating. Come out to experience something new and connect with veterans, their family members and the community at large. There will be networking opportunities, vendors and refreshments served.

This event is free and open to public. Seating is limited so register online now.  www.empowermiwomenvets.com

For more Info. Contact: (RET) Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon – Founder/CEO Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Email: MIWVEC@yahoo.com Phone: (810) 373-5744

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

JOIN US! OPPORTUNITY 2020 - Financial Investments & Entrepreneurship & NEW - Youth Marines Program

JOIN US for our 2nd Annual
Money Smart Week Michigan
Opportunity 2020 - Financial Investments
& Entrepreneurship Seminar

Saturday April 11, 2020
12 pm to 2 pm - City of Southfield Parks &
Rec. Dept. 26000 Evergreen Rd Southfield MI

In partnership with MIWVE & the City of Southfield
Veterans Commission Organization.

All MIWVE's events are open to all veterans, military service members, the youth and the general public.

We served together as men and women in the Armed forces lets continue to serve in our communities, fellowship and network together as a whole.
      JOIN US!! For our 2nd Annual MIWVE’s Money Smart Week Michigan Event on Saturday April 11, 2020 from 12 Noon to 2 pm at the Southfield Parks and Rec Dept. 26000 Evergreen Rd. Southfield MI –

It’s FREE and open to the public - Hosted by Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment & the Southfield Veterans Commission Org.

Presenter: Scott Reed a Vietnam veteran’s son and a professional financial advisor for Edwards Jones Investments will help make sense of investing, provide insight into the world of financial investments and present an entrepreneurship opportunity.
     
For the average working-class American citizen including veterans and military personnel and their family members. The world of financial investments is foreign, seemingly unattainable and often intimidating.

Come out to experience something new and connect with veterans, their family members and the community at large.

There will be networking opportunities, vendors and refreshments served.

Free Vendor tables are available but limited. This event is free and open to public. Seating is limited so register online nowwww.empowermiwomenvets.com
     
For more Info. Contact: (RET) Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon – Founder/CEO Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment
Email: MIWVEC@yahoo.com
 Phone: (810) 373-5744
NEW MIWVE NEWS!!!
Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment in partnership with the Montford Point Marines Detachment #158 is launching their NEW program "Michigan Youth Marines Corps"

Under the Directorship of (RET) MGYSGT Jerome Z. Felipe who serves as the Assistant Director for the Harlem
Youth Marines and is an Honorary Lifetime Marine Recruiter - Semper Fi

MGYSGT Felipe is the 2020 Keynote Speaker for the Montford Point Marines #158 Annual Salute to America's
First Black Marines

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Carl E. Stitt American Legion Post 232
Dearborn Heights, MI 6pm - 10 pm
for Tickets $45 - Call (313) 587-1206
Details will be released soon for more information contact Sgt. Shannon MIWVEC@yahoo.com (810) 373-5744

Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon was the featured guest on the beautiful Dr. Michele Leno’s “Mind Matters” TV-38 Show - WADL Detroit which airs in 1.9 Million homes in
7 counties in Michigan.

The discussion was about women veteran’s statistics, the challenges with transitioning from the military and focused on the mental health aspect and provided solutions.

www.wadldetroit.com
2019 MIWVE Conference Highlights Video
MIWVEC 2016 - 2019 Events Hisory
Highlights Video

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

UPDATE: 4th Annual 2019 MIWVE Conference - SERVICE: A Community Conversation - 11/16/19


JOIN US for our 4th Annual 2019
Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference 

Saturday November 16, 2019
11 am to 4 pm - City of Southfield Parks &
Rec. Dept. 26000 Evergreen Rd Southfield MI

In partnership with MIWVE & the City of Southfield
Veterans Commission Organization.

All MIWVE's events are open to all veterans and military services members, the youth and the general public.

We served together as men and women in the Armed forces lets continue to serve in our communities, fellowship and network together as a whole.

Great response! Seating is limited so register now! It's FREE - Open to Public, all veterans and military service members, the youth and the general public are welcome to attend.

$5 Donation for lunch at the Door 50/50 CASH Raffle – Networking - Great Conversations - Establishing & Building Community & Relationships

Steller Nominee Recording Artist Michelle Flowers-Logwood - Will be singing the National Anthem - "The Star Spangled Banner" & during the lunch break time.

Her 1st album was a Stellar Nominee and charted the billboard at 35 of top 100. Her new single charted number 4 of the top 30 independent artist chart with Gospel USA.

Come out to engage in a healthy community conversation with our diverse panel of community leaders and other conference attendees for the purpose of building a safe, healthy and vibrant community
for all to thrive in. 

A Special Thanks to the City of Southfield and the Southfield Veterans Commission Org. for their continued support and partnership with MIWVE.

Contact Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon Founder/CEO of Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment for more information.
    
What empowers you,
lets pass it on!

Phone (810) 373-5744

NEW MIWVE NEWS!!!
MIWVE has a NEW partnership with Edward Jones (EST.1922) to empower entrepreneurs and others to be financially successful in 2020!

Stay tuned for details...

SGT. Shannon (RET U.S. Army) appointed SGM. Jill Mathews (32 years RET.) U.S. Army veteran's advocate and community leader to serve as MIWVE's liaison
on the New MVAA Women
Veteran's Coalition. (MWVC)

Erika Hoover, MVAA's Women Veteran Initiative Coordinator & Strategy Analyst will be sharing more at the conference about their new women veteran's coalition initiative.
MIWVE had a very successful season of "Dirt Therapy" at all 4 sites located in Southfield, Detroit and Flint.

MIWVE will be launching in 2020
our NEW! Kidpreneur: Youth
Agribusiness program in Flint.

Details will be released soon...
Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment | (810) 373-5744 |