Minnesota Women Veteran News

The Women Veterans Initiative sponsors the 2017 Minnesota Women Veteran of the Year Award.

  • The Award is presented to recognize an outstanding Minnesota resident female veteran who serves to highlight and honor the efforts and accomplishments of women veterans within the civilian community.
  • They are now accepting nominations. For more information, contact the Women Veterans Initiative by phone at 612-930-2984 or by e-mail at: womenveteransinitiative@gmail.com.
  • Nomination deadline is April 30, 2017
  • The 2017 award will be presented as part of the Salute to Women Veterans planned for Thursday, May 25, 2017 in Plymouth, MN with the 2016 award winner making the presentation [Colonel (Retired) Penny Dieryck]


  • Available on the Women Veterans Initiative Facebook page, www.facebook.com/WomenVeteransInitiative,
  • May be requested from WVI members;
  • Picked up at the WVI Office in the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul. , 987 Ivy Avenue East, St. Paul, MN 55106-2045.

MDVA Salute to Women Veterans 2017

  • Free event open to all Minnesota women who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces of every branch and era on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Location will be the Ramada Plymouth Hotel and Conference Center, 2705 Annapolis Lane North, in Plymouth, MN 55441
  • Chance to connect with your sister veterans.
  • There will be a presentation of uniforms worn by women veterans across the years.
  • Minnesota Women Veteran of the Year ~ Presented by Women Veterans Initiative
  • Afternoon will have four breakout sessions on varying topics
  • Coordinated by Ashley Laganiere, Gold Star Family & Women Veterans Coordinator