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Office of Veterans Services announces women veterans wellness event


NOVS NEWS — The Nevada Office of Veterans Services (NOVS) announces the Women Veterans Wellness Event for Reno and Sparks, to be held June 29 at Siena Hotel Spa Casino. The event is designed to educate women of different generations about healthy life choices and will offer information through a variety of classes.

“Women veterans are often over looked in the public as being part of the veteran community,” says Yvonne Betron, NOVS Women Veterans Coordinator. “But as every other veteran, they have concerns and we want to bring them together for the opportunity to discuss and learn about health issues with other women veterans in their community.”

The Northern Nevada wellness event is the second event in the series planned for the year to engage and assist women veterans throughout the state. Las Vegas’ event was held on March 23 and a third event is scheduled for Elko in August. The Siena sponsored event will offer classes on a range of topics from nutrition to aging in addition to fitness classes and Reno Vice-Mayor Sharon Zadra is scheduled to address the lunch session. The event is free and able to host 80 attendees. Interested women veterans can register by contacting NOVS by calling Yvonne Betron at 702-486-3830, or emailing her at [email protected].

Registration deadline June 25 and a flyer for the event can be downloaded from the NOVS website. http://www.veterans.nv.gov/women_wellnews_event.html

One of the issues for women veterans is many, especially older women veterans, DO NOT view themselves as veterans and we are reaching out to organizations and media to help find women veterans and not only change the perception of veteran status, but to address the special issues women veterans have. Of Nevada’s nearly 300,000 veterans, approximately 20,000 are women veterans. “As with all of our NOVS events, we ask for and encourage the public to spread the word which will help raise awareness among women veterans,” says Deputy Executive Director Kat Miller. “Nevada communities throughout the state are always very supportive of veterans and this is an opportunity for us to reach further into a part of the veteran population which can sometimes be overlooked.”

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Event: Women Veterans Wellness Event
Date: June 29, 2013
Location: Siena Hotel Spa Casino
Time: 9:30 am – 2 pm.

With mission-focused employees, NOVS is responsible for the administration of two State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries, a State Veterans Home, and a State-wide Veterans Service Officer program. NOVS is instrumental in connecting Nevada’s veterans and their families with benefits and assistance from both the State and Federal government. For more information, call (866) 630-VETS or visit www.veterans.nv.gov.

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