Press Release WVA Founder Receives NAWBO Vision Award

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Women Veterans Alliance CEO and Founder receives NAWBO Outstanding Woman Leader Vision Award


Sacramento, CA (March 25, 2023) – Melissa A. Washington, Navy Veteran CEO and Founder of Women Veterans Alliance received the National Association Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Outstand Woman Leader (OWL) Vision Award.  The Vision Award is given to a woman who leads an organization whose vision provides meaningful opportunities for women.   

Melissa wants women to know, if you served, you are a Veteran. She encourages them to use the numerous benefits they are entitled to, not only health care, but college, home loan, store discounts, businesses, & disability compensation.  Although her primary focus is women veterans, she will help any veteran or family member. She has created a women veteran-led organization, which specifically serves the unique needs of women veterans by creating an ecosystem of community which provides inspiration and encouragement to help these women who have valiantly served our country. 

“Impacting a woman veteran’s life positively changes her life and also her family,” Washington said.  “I am honored to have been nominated and to receive the OWL Vision Award from NAWBO Sacramento Valley.”   

More than two million women have served and according to a recent study by the Rand Corporation, the number is expected to grow by 6% in the next decade. Yet, women veterans are not recognized in the same way as men who have served.  

According to policy researchers at the Rand Corporation, when women service members transition to civilian life they become “invisible, not recognized as veterans in the same way as their male peers.” The report identifies gaps in resources available to women and prepares recommendations for future research.   

Women Veterans Alliance, along with other women veterans and supporters, is on a mission to empower women veterans in communities across America. They are collectively leading and supporting the women veterans’ movement. They are connecting women veterans to their benefits and each other and helping them reintegrate back into our communities.  

About Melissa A. Washington 

Award-winning advocate, speaker, author, entrepreneur, CEO, publisher, Radio Show Host, and proud Navy veteran Melissa A. Washington wears many hats. Yet woven throughout her diverse pursuits is a mission of service—and a passion to empower her fellow women veterans. 

About Women Veterans Alliance 

Women Veterans Alliance (WVA) is a woman, disabled veteran owned small business, was founded in 2015 by Melissa A. Washington, a Navy Veteran. WVA has created a community both online and offline including local women veteran networking groups, community events, and national conferences worldwide which provide opportunities to connect, grow, and thrive. To contribute to the overall well-being of women veterans through building community. 

About NAWBO 

The National Association of Women Business Owners is an organization in the United States founded in 1975 that has the purpose of networking the approximately 10.6 million women-owned businesses so as to provide mutual support, share resources, and provide a single voice to help shape economic and public policy.