Women Veterans of New Mexico is a Federal 501(c)3 Non-profit organization


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Welcome to
Women Veterans
 of New Mexico!

President: Judy M. Quintana
(505) 306-3756
nmwomenveterans@gmail.com

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WOMEN Veterans of NM

Women Veterans of New Mexico wants all who can, to participate! For this purpose, we no longer collect dues.

                      
We appreciate and welcome donations!  

Women Veterans of New Mexico (WVNM) has many ongoing projects, such as filling the gap for homeless women veterans in transition for housing, assisting in StandDowns for homeless women veterans, performing Honor Guard at various events throughout the year, and administering to and camaraderie for  women veterans.

If you are not already a member, this is a personal invitation to join us and make a difference with your talents and memberships. Your donations go to accomplish our missions of supporting and advocating for our sister veterans throughout the state. Your time is greatly appreciated in helping us to help our fellow women veterans.

Together we can make great things happen!

Judy M. Quintana  
Women Veterans of New Mexico, President
(505) 306-3756
nmwomenveterans@gmail.com


Women Veterans of New Mexico is run by volunteers, and we need you! If you are looking for a place to put your ideas and energy to work, JOIN US and participate!
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Check out what WVNM has been doing!
Read about veterans news and upcoming 
Here is the latest newsletter, for July 2013 .
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Your WVNM Monthly Board Meetings are open. If you are interested in attending the board meetings and seeing your board in action, please RSVP to Judy Quintana 505-306-3756 so we'll set a chair out for you!
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All are invited to assist WVNM in fulfilling our mission. Talk to any Board member to learn how you can help us help women veterans!


Date:  Apr 26, 2014  Time:  10-12  - POTLUCK!!
Location: HOME of Liz Charles
              5910 Azulo Dr NW, Albuquerque 87120
        Potluck - bring your favorite dish to share!!
For more information:   Judy Quintana
Phone:   505-306-3756  
nmwomenveterans@ gmail.com



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Your Board
You can contact your Board at nmwomenveterans@ gmail.com 
Elections were held January 18, 2014 at our Annual Membership Meeting: 
     
 
     
President - Judy Quintana
      Vice President - Community Relations - Patricia Ruiz
      Vice President - Membership - Elinor Reiners
      Treasurer - Myra Powers
      Secretary - Ruth Nesbit
      Dir/Asst Secretary - Mae Lockett
Dir/Human Resources - Alexis Derriso     
      Dir/Logistics - Theresa Flynn
      Director - Cathy Earl
Special Positions:
Events - Sharon Lester
 Chaplain - Rae Mares 
      Sergeant At Arms - Joni Seymour

We welcome your input and participation!

If you are interested in helping Board members by joining a Committee, please contact Judy Quintana (505) 306-3756

IN THE NEWS...

Albuquerque Heading Home
See how the group Albuquerque Heading Home aims to help Albuquerque's returning women veterans on a 
KRQE News report
Aug 16, 2013. 
   
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Governor Martinez speaks at
Women Veterans Conference Sep 7, 2013

The conference included ideas on how to provide counseling for recently returned veterans. They also looked at improving benefits like college training and burial entitlements.

"Women are a vital component of today's armed forces.  They have been serving alongside their male counterparts, soldiers, sailors, and airmen in combat zones such as Iraq, Afghanistan and other global hotspots,” said Governor Susana Martinez. [from KOB.com Albuquerque Channel 4]

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Governor Martinez Holds News Conference Announcing Initiative Urging TV and Movie Industry to Hire and Train Veterans for New Mexico Productions Aug 1, 2013.







 

 

 

 

Sue Mendez, Gov Martinez, Alexis and Brig General Griegos at the Governor's announcement.  Watch the KOB News4 coverage here.
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 Save the Date!!
Conference in Las Cruces in April!!
More info to come as we receive it.


Looking for Employment?
Click here for a list of companies that are hiring Veterans now!


                      EVENTS
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2nd Tues of each Month:
            Free Legal Advice for CIVIL Cases
 
Service provided by local Attorneys and UNM Law Students
                            (NO Criminal Cases) 
Sign up at 8:30am, time is 9 - 11:30am, at the VA Hospital
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1st & 3rd Thurs of each Month
             Stress Relief and Relaxation
             Community Acupuncture Clinic
             for Female Veterans
Acupuncturists Without Borders is providing this free clinic at 909 Virginia St NE in Albuquerque.
For more info and phone number, please see their
flyer here.
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Equestrian Therapy  

Saturdays, 11am - 1pm

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened"
 ~Anatole France
Are any of you interested in being around horses? Getting to know what they are all about? And getting to know a little more about yourself also.
We will be scheduling more 4-wk sessions in early Jan 2014.
Call Sharon Lester 505-238-4872 for more details and information....

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2014 WOMEN VETERANS WRITING SALONS:   Bring your pencils, pens, paper, laptops, stories, poems, scripts, essays.  Experienced and inexperienced writers are invited.  Let’s share, teach and learn with each other.  Free salon hosted by Caroline A LeBlanc, MFA, MS, RN, Writer in Residence, Museum of the American Military Family, published writer and Army Nurse Corps veteran.  Email Caroline with questions:  wildernessspalding@msn.com.

Morning WOMEN VETERANS WRITING SALON (ongoing) NORTH DOMINGO BACA MULTIGENERATIONAL CENTER, Classroom 6, every other Thursday, 10 to 11:30 am.  
For a printable flyer, click here

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                   NMVA Adaptive Kayaking Program
Includes kayaking skills and conditioning program. Program is by pre-scheduled appointments only, requires PCP authorization and request by consult. Limited to 3 kayaks in water at a time. Offered on Mondays 1-4pm in the SCI Pool by Kelly Gossett, Kayaking Instructor. Speak to your PCP and get consult.
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Feb 14 - Dec 14, 2014:
                        
Fly Fishing Program
Learn to tie Flys, learn to cast, then GO FISHIN'!!
This program is provided by the VAMC Rec Dept and is sponsored by VAMC, NM Trout Association, and The Project Healing Waters.
For more info, please see
details here or to sign up,
call Barbara Tremmel 505-265-1711 ext 4208
OR Dave Patton 505-681-0835
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Apr 9:
                   Career Expo XIII
                              10:00 AM until 3:00 PM
            McGee Park Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Building
                                    Farmington, NM
 
        FREE!!!
Job Seekers can meet and speak directly with Employers and participate in free workshops the day of the Job Fair.                 
For more info, contact Janice or Dawn at 505-327-6126.
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Women Veterans Conference
                       Las Cruces
            April 12   8am - 5pm

              Las Cruces Convention Center
                        680 East University Ave

Free for all Women Veterans!           Free Plated Lunch!
FREE Walmart Giftcard to First 50 Pre-Registered*

Join your fellow women veterans for a conference just for us! Learn about VA, State and Local Benefits you may be eligible for.
  
To Pre-Register ONLINE, click HERE  or see the Flyer 
here      

Door prizes to be given away: 32" flat screen TV, $400 "Simply DeVine" Gift Certificate, other merchant gift certificates, gift baskets, etc!!
* MUST bring proof of military service to Checkin on day of Conference to be eligible for Walmart Giftcard (DD214 Discharge, VA Medical ID Card, DoD Military/Retiree ID Card)

  
For ONLINE Pre-Registration:
Click HERE
Or for more info, please call 505-306-3756
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Apr 19:           Barn Dance Picnic Social
                       1-5pm     Potluck
We'll provide the meats to grill, you bring your favorite dish to share! Come get to know your southern New Mexico women veterans. Music by Bernie Romero & Friends
    Rio Grande Wagon House, 455 Farm Market Rd, Socorro
PLEASE RSVP: 505-306-3756
 
   FREE!!!

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May 9: Adaptive Hand Cycling Clinic
The Adaptive Hand Cycling Clinic will be held on May 9, 2014 from 9am-3pm at Bachechi Park in Albuquerque. This all day clinic is sponsored by the National PVA (Paralyzed Veterans Association). For more information and/or to get involved please call Michelle McKenzie at (505)265-1711, ext. 6085.
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      Regaining Balance Retreats
There are 3 retreats being offered free of charge by Regaining Balance in 2014.
May 14-17: Retreat for Women Veterans with PTSD
Aug 15-17: Retreat for Women Partners of Veterans
                   with PTSD
Sep 17-21: Retreat for Women Veterans with PTSD
            These retreats are held in a beautiful location!
For application, please see their website: http://www.regainingbalance.org/
For more information, please see flyer here
Contact: Shannon Starkey or Mitra Bishop
             at RegainingBalance@gmail.com
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May 26:      Memorial Day Event
                   NM Veterans Memorial

09:00 - Prelude Music
10:00 - 12:00 Ceremony

1101 Louisiana Blvd SE, Albuquerque 
Shuttles to/from parking areas available!
Please see flyer here for shuttle information.
Also see the NMVM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewMexicoVeteransMemorial?ref=hl
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July 4 Weekend: Trying to see if there is interest in a camping trip to Lake Navajo from Thurs Jul 2 (OR Fri Jul 3) thru Sun Jul 6, stay at the Lake, go into Farmington for Fri, 4th of July Celebrations and take part in the parade, return to camp the rest of weekend til Sunday, Jul 6. We have offer of a pontoon boat!! WE NEED YOUR INPUT!! IF YOU ARE ABLE TO CONFIRM, please send an email to
nmwomenveterans@gmail.com , subj: "CAMPING" and let us know if you have a tent or camper, are willing to share your tent, or need to share or rent a tent. Items can be obtained at MWR Kirtland, but you will be responsible for fees. YOU NEED TO LET US KNOW BY MAR 14 DUE TO HIGH DEMAND FOR THAT WEEKEND TO RESERVE THE SPACE AND GET RENTALS FROM MWR!!

 

                     Show your colors ~ Order Your Shirt Now!!
         We have Women Veterans of New Mexico T-Shirts!!

Use PayPal below, OR c
omplete an online Tshirt Order Form,
print and mail with your check or money order!!

 Logo with Blue Zia
"Women Are Veterans Too!"

Sizes
plus $5 shipping  
 White logo-"Women Are Veterans Too!"


Sizes
  plus $5 shipping

Pocket-size "Proudly She Served" logo

Sizes

plus $5 shipping


Patch $5.00
plus $1 shipping



Women's Sport Tek Polo Shirt
Sizes
Men's Port Authority
Shirts. Choose one
size smaller than women's sizes (ex: Women's Large = Men's Medium)             
Sizes
     plus $6 shipping


HENDERSON HOUSE FOR WOMEN VETERANS
The YWCA's Henderson House provides housing for women vets and their children.  Space is still available. If you know of potential women veteran candidates, please contact Andrea Nash at the YWCA (see below).

For continuing operations, we need your help.  If you are able to assist, please donate.  You could also help by spreading the word.  You can pledge on line,  in a lump sum or by monthly deductions. This house is the first in the nation and will provide a home environment for women who have served our country and now need our help.  I encourage you to go to the website at www.ywca-nm.org, click "donate".

If you can donate your time, we need drivers to take our women veterans to doctor appointments or to do a 'fire watch' at the home so everyone doesn't have to go to one person's appointment.

For more info, contact Andrea Nash, YWCA, Vice President at
(505) 254-9922 or email anash@ywca-nm.org

Check out the pictures of Henderson House to see what we've helped accomplish!!

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Need Help?
Love, INC 
Ever feel like you are overwhelmed and have less than you need?
Love, INC
provides help with food items, clothing, baby items, child care, transportation help, automotive repair, budget counseling, legal services, homeless shelter, affordable housing, substance abuse counseling, and job placement by knowledgeable people referring you to what you need. Their mission is to mobilize local churches to transform lives and community In the Name of Christ

Thrift Store located at 8011 Central Ave (6 blocks W of Wyoming at Central & Tennessee). They also take donations!!
Open 9:30am - 4:30pm.
For more information, see their website: www.LoveINCabq.org
505-255-LOVE (5683)
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Homes for Heroes
Thinking of buying or refinancing a home?
Homes for Heroes is a non-profit organization, a network of real estate professionals, mortgage brokers, and title companies who have offered to provide savings when a 'hero' purchases or refinances a home. See their flier here or their website: www.homesforheroes.com.
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City of Albuquerque gives "Veterans Preference" in hiring to Veterans from the services or qualifying reservists
Check out their website:
www.cabq.org click on 'employment' for an on-line application.
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Women Veterans License Plate! Woman Veteran Plate

Order your special license plate from the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) in Santa Fe.   (see http://www.mvd.newmexico.gov/Vehicles/Pages/License-Plates.aspx#Military). 
You can fill out the Veteran License Plate form on line (
Click here to open the form), or print the blank form and hand-fill in. Mark the box for "WOMAN VETERAN" and pay the noted, one-time only fee. Then complete the steps as described on the form (attach proof of service/DD214), etc. Again, only Santa Fe's MVD has the plates at this time so they must be ordered through them.



Albuquerque SCORE offers free business counseling and seminars in learning how to start your own business or learn more about how to run the one you have  www.albuquque.score.org
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Women Veterans Outreach Toolkit  

Women Veterans Health Care: You served, you deserve the best care anywhere

VA's national Women's Health program office and the National Women Veterans Communications Workgroup have created a toolkit for outreach to women Veterans.
Find the pieces at:

        www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH/toolkits.asp

_______________________________                           MILITARY STRESS RELIEF PROJECT
                                                AT THE
    ALBUQUERQUE VETERANS ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC
Weekly community-style acupuncture treatments available to active duty, national guard, and reserve, and veterans of military service and immediate family members. Weekly acupuncture treatments have allowed many military service personnel to experience diminishing symptoms of stress resulting in better sleep, less anger, reduced anxiety and depression, and subsequently, an improved quality of life.

There is no charge for treatment at this clinic, but donations welcome.
For more info and contact numbers, see the flyer here.
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                                 Access To Recovery (ATR)™
         Walsh Counseling Services

Walsh Counseling Services is the ATR Central Intake Site for Bernalillo County, New Mexico. Their mission is to connect you to quality service providers in their network.
More info
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         Order your Personnel Records/Discharge Certificate
           
Click here for more information, instructions and links.

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