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“Joining Forces for Women Veterans” October 21, 2011

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COLUMBIA,SC - October 21, 2011 - The Columbia chapter of Business and Professional Women supported by the Alliance for Women at Columbia College will be hosting a conference for employers entitled “Joining Forces for Women Veterans,” to provide education and training about hiring women veterans.

The event will be held on October 21 at the Bluff Road Armory located at 1255 Bluff Rd., Columbia, South Carolina 29201.   The conference time is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a complete itinerary can be viewed at  Attendees will receive a free copy of “Hiring Veterans: A Step-by-Step Toolkit for Employers.”

The purpose of the conference is to outline the unique challenges faced by women veterans, provide instruction on how individuals and organizations can get involved, and determine solutions to curb the growing trend of homeless veterans. Today there are over 1,840,380 women veterans in America. As of October 31, 2010, there were 35,540 women from South Carolina serving.  Yet the majority of veteran’s programs are still designed largely with men in mind and do not meet the distinct needs of women veterans.

Individual tickets are available for a donation of $25 and corporate tables are available for $250.  Students can attend for $10. Additional levels of sponsorship are outlined on the website.  Call 803-422-7653 or email to learn more and get involved.

“There are many benefits to employers for hiring veterans including tax incentives and special training funds.  By increasing awareness of these and other benefits, we hope that this situation can be improved,” said Dee Albritton, Executive Director of Fast Forward

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Brigadier General Darlene M.  Goff,  of the South Carolina National Guard.  Special guest Roslyn Ridgeway, chair of the National BPW Foundation will kick off the conference and the morning and afternoon sessions will include panel discussions with different women veterans.  The conference will conclude with an open discussion to determine solutions and opportunities in our local community.  

“Columbia Business and Professional Women became interested in this cause in March of 2009 when Angel’s House opened.” said Adams.  “Angels House is a transitional housing facility for homeless female veterans. At that time it was the first of its kind in South Carolina and only 1 of 12 in the nation.  Our local chapter gave a donation to help furnish the house when it opened and has continued to remain engaged.”

BPW is a national organization that empowers working women to achieve their full potential and partners with employers to build successful workplaces through education, research, knowledge and policy.