Trustees of Boston University
Women Veterans Network (WoVeN)
Many female veterans grew personally and professionally from their military service, but experienced significant difficulties transitioning to civilian life. The Women Veterans Network (WoVeN) is a peer support network designed to target the unique needs of female veterans. WoVeN offers an evidence-based, eight-session program led by vetted and trained peer leaders that improves the mental health, social support, and well-being of female veterans. WoVen’s programming provides a place for more female veterans to enjoy a sense of belonging and community amongst peers. Especially in the context of COVID-19, these peer groups provide vital support to female veterans across the United States, increase optimism, social support, and community engagement. Female veterans’ interest in WoVeN has increased rapidly, and the demand for additional programming has outpaced the availability of in-person groups. With this NFL-BWF Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community grant, WoVeN will meet the increased demand by expanding the availability of online and in-person WoVeN groups, providing six national trainings, rolling out new Alumni Groups, and enhancing program delivery.