Dinner to Honor Xavier Women Veterans

Purple Heart Recipient to be Keynote Speaker | August 3, 2011

The Xavier University Office of Veterans Affairs will host the first Xavier Women Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 7875 Montgomery Road, 45236.

“This annual event will honor and celebrate the tenacity, courage, and creativity with which our women veterans at Xavier have served our country,” says Director of Xavier’s Office of Veterans Affairs Nate Davis. Purple Heart recipient and founder and executive director of American Women Veterans Genevieve Chase will be the keynote speaker. Chase is also a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom VII. (Please see bio below*.) 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 veteran’s schedules and career objectives. For example, Andrea Berry a veteran of the U.S. Army was able to complete her MBA degree while being a wife and mother of three children because of the generous VA educational benefits and the flexible Executive MBA schedule.

Because Xavier is a Jesuit school, many of 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 vets 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.

*After enlisting in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2003, Chase 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 (TBI) and post-traumatic stress. To counter various symptoms of TBI and PTS, Chase dedicated herself to veterans advocacy. Since returning from active duty service, Chase has worked tirelessly to bring to light the issues faced by today’s veterans. While advocating on their behalf, she discovered a need for a focus on women veterans and their families from all eras and branches of service. From that void, Chase created American Women Veterans and began, in earnest, the 21st century women veterans’ movement. 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 AWV, she serves as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve. 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.

Donations to American Women Veterans Foundation can be made to: 1250 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036. Please make checks payable to American Women Veterans Foundation. The American Women Veterans Foundation is incorporated as a Delaware nonprofit corporation. The Internal Revenue Service has determined that the American Women Veterans Foundation is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the American Women Veterans Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under state and federal law. Receipts for your donation will be provided to you.