Women’s Veterans Network Australia
The Women’s Veterans Network Australia (WVNA) was originally formed in Townsville due to a desire to provide a safe, cohesive and engaging environment for current and ex-service women to connect and share information via social media. Women experience deployments, exercises and general service life differently to men. The similar or shared experiences of women, regardless of type, locality or number of years of service, created a fundamental bond that begged to be cultivated.
WVNA is exclusively for females of all ranks who are currently serving or who have served in the Navy, Army or Air Force, either in a full time or Reserve capacity, regardless of being deployed or not. A veteran is any women who has served in the Australian Defence Force.
Whilst there has been a WVNA group in Sydney for some time, many women could not make it to the meetings because of the time and distance. A Western Sydney network was established a few months ago and we now meet on the last Sunday of each month at Penrith RSL Club at 2 pm. We have women of all ages from WRAAC, WRAAF, Army, Air Force and Navy who enjoy the opportunity to connect with others in the Western Sydney area.
The Women’s Veterans Network Australia is a network helping women veterans past and present members of Defence connect with each other, to share information, access services, resources, support and information. An example of what WVNA – Western Sydney has done is the recent presentation and question time around DVA and how women can get assistance through the various processes required.
We are planning a wide range of activities and guest speakers for upcoming meetings for Western Sydney and we welcome new members. If you would like to find out more about the organisation please go to www.wvna.org.au.
The Penrith RSL sub-Branch and Penrith RSL Club Ltd have been very supportive of the Western Sydney group.
For further details on WVNA – Western Sydney please contact:
Del Gaudry on 0447 995 487.