Xavier’s Office of Veterans Affairs is hosting the Xavier Women Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy in Kenwood Towne Center. U.S. Army veteran Genevieve Chase, a Purple Heart recipient who founded and is executive director of American Women Veterans, is the keynote speaker.
Nate Davis, director for Xavier’s Office of Veterans Affairs, said, “This annual event will honor and celebrate the tenacity, courage and creativity with which our women veterans at Xavier have served our country.”
Xavier has emerged as a national leader in creating a veteran-friendly campus for students entering college after military service. Xavier offers complete financial aid as a Yellow Ribbon School, as well as a variety of degrees that can be earned through weekday, weekend or evening programs that fit veterans' schedules and career objectives, like veteran Andrea Berry, who completed her MBA degree while also being a wife and mother of three children. She benefited from the generous VA educational benefits and the flexible Executive MBA schedule.
Because Xavier is a Jesuit school, many core classes involve topics that enable veterans to process their military experiences in a meaningful way. Additionally the Veteran’s Affairs office offers workshops for faculty to help them understand special issues faced by students who are veterans and to help them understand the advantages of having veterans in class. Xavier is also developing networking and mentoring opportunities for veterans to partner with volunteers in various jobs in the community to gain valuable insight about establishing a career after graduation.
Chase, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom VII, created American Women Veterans after returning from active duty and devoting her time to advocating for veterans’ issues. She discovered a need to focus on women veterans and their families from all eras and branches of service. In creating American Women Veterans, she also triggered the 21st century women veterans’ movement.
Chase enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2003 and volunteered to serve with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, light infantry. While deployed to Afghanistan as a sergeant in 2006, her vehicle was attacked by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. The passengers survived the attack but suffered varying degrees of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.
As a result, Chase dedicated herself to veterans advocacy. A recipient of the Combat Action Badge, Chase has testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee about her experiences in Afghanistan, as well as the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee concerning women’s health care.
In addition to her role as executive director of American Women Veterans, she serves as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves. For her outstanding work both in and out of uniform, the U.S. Army selected her as a 2010 All American Soldier Hero. Recognized as an advocate for female veterans and for her knowledge and experiences in Afghanistan, Chase acts as a media consultant to major media outlets and publications.
For more information about the event, contact the Xavier Veterans Affairs Office at 513-745-3620.