This is an opportunity to meet our new California Department of Veterans’ Affairs representative/advocate for women veterans and their families, Lindsey Wathen Sin. This event will bring together military women and advocates to focus on what is needed in the way of education, support and community building. It also will preface the upcoming Women’s Leadership Conference in October, hosted by CalVet Women Veterans.
As the new Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans Affairs for California, Lindsey Wathen Sin is working with the women veteran collaboratives to address the particular needs of women veterans. As we recognize the shortcomings in support services for those women who have served the country, it’s crucial that we address the needs for women veterans and their families. We strive to do so in a manner befitting the service and sacrifice as a soldier but tailored to differences in care necessary to be effective and successful.
This event highlights the contributions and needs of women veterans as women warriors, family members, caregivers, professionals and leaders. This event is meant to continue our vital conversation about how we can offer education and peer support to military women.
When: August 23, 2012
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: San Jose Veterans Center
278 North 2nd St., San Jose, CA. 95112
Thank you to the San Jose Vet Center for their space, free parking and hospitality in hosting this event.
Thank to the Bay Area Military Women’s Collaborative hosting this event. The Collaborative is an emerging community for Service Women—Active Duty, Reserves, Guard, Veteran/Prior Service—as well as Military Spouses, Military Family Caregivers and supportive Community Partners.
About Lindsey Wathen Sin, Cal Vet Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans
Lindsey Wathen was appointed as Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans Affairs by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on November 22, 2011. Wathen enlisted in the United States Navy in 1997 as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive. She completed two flight tours in Rota, Spain during which time she deployed in support of Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class.
Wathen returned to her native Sacramento in 2005 after receiving an honorable discharge and immediately began her undergraduate studies in History. Upon her graduation from Sacramento State with a BA in History, Magna Cum Laude, in 2008, Wathen became the Lead Certifying Official for veterans services at American River College. She continued her work with veterans at Sacramento State as the Veterans Benefit Advisor and Certifying Official, focusing on developing programs for student veterans.