On August 24th, the LA County Department of Military & Veterans Affairs (MVA) will present a day focusing on how female vets can successfully complete their educational goals. Speakers and attendees will discuss issues faced when returning to school, including financial obligations, childcare, and how to successfully balance family, work and school.

“Many women veterans join the military for the educational benefits. Initially, we do it for our own career aspirations but discover along the way it’s also to make a better life for our children and families,” said Stephanie Stone, MVA Chief Deputy Director, on the importance of going back to school for vets.

The event is co-sponsored by U.S. VETS Long Beach, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, LA Metro, UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC), LA County Dept. of Mental Health, LA County Dept. of Social Services, and the Foundation for Women Warriors.


WHAT: The 2018 Women’s Veteran Summer Event “Back To School: Veteran and Child,” speakers, resource fair and lunch.


WHO: Keisha Dixon, best-selling author of “Life After War – Yes You Can.” (Army veteran); Tess Banko, Executive Director of the UCLA/VA VFWC. (Marine veteran); Stephanie Stone, Chief Deputy Director, MVA. (Navy veteran); Lauren Duncan, Director, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services, American Red Cross, Los Angeles Region. (Wife and daughter of veteran); Brenda Threatt, Executive Director, U.S. VETS – Long Beach. (Army veteran Chaplain)


WHEN: Friday, August 24, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


WHERE: U.S. VETS – Long Beach: 2001 River Avenue, Long Beach, 90810


Speakers will be available for one-on-one interviews.