Conference features benefits, resources for women veterans

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Reva Torrence is a proud veteran, retired from a life-long career in the Army.

“I was raised in a very patriotic environment and so it was always very important to me to serve my country,” she said.

Saturday, more than 33,000 veterans living in Indiana are women. Nearly 2,300 are on active duty.

So Saturday the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs did something to make sure these women in particular who’ve served and sacrificed are getting the benefits and resources here for them.

“Today we want to make sure that they know they’re appreciated for all the services that they have given to the military,” said Najuma Austin with the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. “We want to make sure that we appreciate them on a daily basis.”

The Women’s Veterans Conference featured speakers like Indiana First Lady Karen Pence and more than 25 agencies and organizations with important resources, including state and federal benefits. Other resources included help with challenges some may face, like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, homelessness or military sexual trauma.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, too often, women don’t know about the benefits and resources.

“So I think that events like this are important to be able to present them with what is available to them,” said Torrence, who was at the conference as a representative of the American Legion.

Click here for more information on benefits and resources available to veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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