Office of Veterans Affairs Held Panel on Needs of Female Veterans

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The Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs hosted Empower Her – Addressing the Needs of Female Veterans, a panel discussion that highlights the unique experience of women who have served in the military and what can be done to ensure these veterans receive the care and resources they require.


“The experience of women in the military is a distinct one; it is one that can differ vastly from their male counterparts,” said Commissioner Melinda Kane, liaison the Office of Veterans Affairs. “Sunday’s event was an opportunity for women to come together to discuss what it means to be a female veteran and what we can do as a community to better serve them in terms of medical care, mental health support and trauma informed care.”


The panel discussed the stigma of being a woman veteran, whole health wellness and self-care, and veteran trauma. The attending panelists for the event were Dr. Shelby Munschauer, clinical psychologist and military sexual trauma coordinator, Vanessa Jenkins, vice commander of the American Legion Camden County Committee, Monique Holmes, women’s health and wellness coach for the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, and Sonyaa Kitchen, veteran outreach program specialist at the Center City Vet Center.


Several vendors and resources also be attended Sunday’s event, including:

  • American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces
  • Camden AHEC
  • Camden County Department of Health & Human Services
  • Camden County Office of Sustainability
  • Camden County Office of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Center City Vet Center
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action
  • HeroCare Connect
  • Military Support Group of New Jersey
  • MossRehab Institute for Brain Health
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Senior Citizens United Community Services
  • Spectra Care Foundation
  • The Salt Suite
  • The Veterans Multi-Service Center
  • Veterans Administration
  • Volunteers of America Delaware Valley
  • Wave Dance and Fitness



Empower Her, March 10, 2024