University of Evansville

Veterans Affairs

The University, in cooperation with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, participates in a variety of educational benefit programs for veterans, active service members, and their families.

Honoring Women Veterans Conference

Recap about the 2015 Honoring Women Veterans Conference

On June 6, 2015, the University of Evansville, Evansville Vet Center, and the Department of Veterans Affairs VA Health Care/Marion, Illinois presented the sixth annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference on UE’s campus. The conference was a celebration of the contributions of service women both past and present.

One hundred and thirty women veterans were in attendance ranging in age up to 105 years old. They traveled across the mid-west to attend. Many attended before and brought new women veteran friends with them.

Components of the conference included presenting of the Colors by the Marine Corps League, Detachment 1090 and the singing of our National Anthem by Cassandra Waters, former Army Reserves, 380th Quartermaster Battalion from Evansville, Indiana. Dr. Betty Moseley Brown from the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington, D.C. delivered our key note address and had the crowd laughing and enlightened all at the same time!

Attendees went to breakout sessions about “Mental Health and Wellness”, “A Chat with Betty Moseley Brown” and “Memory Corner”. The day included a complimentary lunch while enjoying a tribute slide show featuring a photo of each lady along with her military branch, rank, and years of service. Area businesses and service providers shared information about benefits and services important to women veterans. The day wrapped up with an afternoon of pampering and fun. Area spas and salons sent professionals who gave complimentary hair styles, facials, and massages. A music therapist taught relaxation techniques and clinicians from Healing Touch provided special therapies.

Plans are underway for the 2016 conference anticipated to be in June at the University of Evansville. Check back for more information.


  • American Legion Post 44
  • Atlas Van Lines
  • Helen Belleville
  • Keith Benedict (in honor of Jean Benedict)
  • Joyce Clapper
  • DAV Chapter 7
  • DAV Owensboro
  • Olga Dunning
  • Jeff and Dawn Cope
  • First United Methodist Church, Military Ministry, Henderson, Kentucky
  • Hamilton Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • Indiana Military Support Corporation
  • Kari Lane
  • Marine Corp League
  • Military Family Research Institute (MFRI)
  • Linda Rothbauer Moore
  • Old National Bank
  • Operation Support on the Homefront
  • Pointman Ministries, Newburgh, Indiana
  • Raintree Quilters Guild
  • Tracy Zeller Jewelry
  • Terry Friedman Memorial Endowment Fund, a fund of the Warrick County Community Foundation
  • Tri-State Women Veteran Association
  • VA Healthcare - Marion
  • VFW 1114
  • VFW 1114 Ladies Auxiliary
  • VFW 2953
  • 40 & 8 (American Legion

Exhibitors and Pampering Care Providers:

  • American Red Cross
  • County Clerk’s Office
  • 40 & 8 (American Legion)
  • Family Assistance Program, Indiana National Guard
  • Gentiva Hospice
  • Honor Flight Southern Indiana
  • Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs: Perry County Veterans Service Officer Women Veterans’ Coordinator
  • MFRI
  • Smoke Free Indiana
  • Soldier Dogs for Independence
  • Tri-State Women Veterans Association
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • VA, Marion VAMC OIF/OEF/OND Case Managers (from both EHCC and Marion)
  • Suicide Prevention HUD VASH Veteran Justice Outreach/Homeless Coordinator Caregiver Program Chaplain Services
  • VA, Vet Center
  • VA, Mobile Vet Center, Pontiac, Michigan
  • VFW Post 2953 (Pollack Avenue)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation, Indiana State
  • Vocational Rehabilitation, Kentucky State
  • WorkOne, Vanderburgh County
  • Back in Motion - Karen Wilder, Massage Therapist
  • Debbie Walrath - Massage Therapist
  • Healing Touch (Eykamp Hall, Room 253/254)
  • Integrative Music Therapy - Kathleen Murphy, PhD, MT-BC, UE Assistant Professor of Music Therapy
  • Justin Peters – Massage Therapist and Veteran
  • The Salon Professional Academy
  • Yoga - Bev Williams

Conference Planning Committee:

  • Trudy Buckman, Marriage and Family Therapy, Evansville Vet Center (Air Force Veteran)
  • Wendy Freeman, Readjustment Counselor, Evansville Vet Center (Army Veteran)
  • Barb Kortz, Tri-State Women Veterans Association Commander (Marine Veteran)
  • Cherie Leonhardt, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs, University of Evansville
  • Ann Luna, Chaplain, Evansville VA Health Care Center (Air Force Veteran)
  • Sarah Paul, Volunteer (Retired Readjustment Counseling/Nurse, Evansville Vet Center)