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Women Veterans of America
Chapter 20
~ History ~


On 19 September 1990, Women Veterans of America was formed by four Women Veterans
Katherine Mussen, Vietnam Veteran; June Panzeri, WWII Veteran;
Mildred Cipolla, Korean War Veteran; Colleen Mussolino, Vietnam Veteran.
They were all in a support group lead by Claudia Mitzeliotis in Brooklyn, VA.

As the Gulf War was pending and it seemed eminent that a full-scale war was about to begin,
the idea of forming a Women Veterans of America organization, came about.
They knew the women coming home from the Gulf War would need their expertise and guidance.
WVA brought to the VA's attention issues from women who have served in the military.
Because the majority of VA patients were men, Women Veterans of America suggested the following:

    1. Privacy for patients

    2. Rooms for women patients with private bathrooms

    3. Women's pajamas

    4. OB-GYN, mammograms, PAP smears, etc.

    5. Special medications that women may need

    6. Veteran Service Organization's (VSO) understanding the needs
    of disabled women veterans and how to handle their cases.

    7. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), Sexual Harassment,
    and assault groups led by therapists and psychologists.

    8. Transitioning from military to civilian life.

    Over the years, additional chapters of Women Veterans of America were formed across the country.


WVA Founders

On September 9th, 2004, 11 women veterans formed Chapter 20 in Nashville, Tennessee.
This was the first chapter in Tennessee.


WVA Chapter 20 Founders

(Back row, left to right):
Pat Knight, Susay Frey, Janet Cook, Ginnie Tribble, Lois Dillree, Corina Collins

(Front row, left to right):
Carla Johnson, Birdie Anderson, Mary Ross, Terri Klozik, Stacey Hopwood


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