We serve. We suffer. We are equal.


NAWV. Incorporated  is undeniably the first premier "women  veteran's" organization founded to function as an impetus for healing, educating and empowering women who have served in the armed forces; and have been consistent in being a pioneer and trailblazer for introducing impactful, realistic  and articulate commentary  from  experience in the areas of homelessness, healthcare, clinical and treatment related issues; FISA, MST and related legislation; presenting on major platforms for educating legislators and decision makers on policy and needed legislative matters with much success and many victories to our credit.

We  are now seeking to restructure our board and looking for qualified, professional individuals to help us meet our goals and objectives.  

Our mission is to increase the awareness of women veteran's issues by strategically identifying avenues for promoting our causes and strengthening our platform through healing, empowerment and educating women who have served in our armed forces leaving no unmet needs.  

 Initiatives for  2014 

Military Families and Dependents
Mentoring and coaching
Housing Counseling Assistance
Cyber Support/Counseling/Peer-to-Peer Support
Social Networking Discussions for healing and empowerment sharing
Resource and Information Services and Support
Health and Wellness Assessment and Referrals

The founder, Cathy Santos, is also on the leading edge for  strategic planning and implementing programs and projects that engage interested and concerned individuals for helping and supporting this population in all areas of their need; and is available for consulting, educating, and empowering others for program development and supporting funding opportunities in language and resources; is a sought after speaker (Pentagon Advisory Committee,  Congressional, Senate , State and  Municipal levels) and advised on issues related to military culture and an expert on women veterans issues at every level of government, civic, clergical and social environments.  Cathy Santos has experience in Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising previously working in this capacity at NBC10; Strategic Planning and Certified Expert in National Security and Nuclear Defense and is a self proclaimed expert strategist for positioning women veterans and interested parties in Program and Project Implementation utilizing a plethora of combined experience, education and history working in this area over 20 years.

Green to Gold is an organization that supports women who are military and are Police Officers, led by Captain Alfeia Devaughn Goodwin; who is also the First Chaplain selected to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard after the Iraq War.  

Please support this organization founded on integrity and professionalism for promoting a cause that is now a national agenda; however we believe that peer-to-peer support is paramount for manifesting the outcomes needed in the lives of other women veterans. 

Please make a tax-deductible donation to our 501 c3 and Public Charity in any amount by clicking on the "donation" button to the left.

We thank you in advance for your support!

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202-683-9873 WASHINGTON, DC 

215-834-4228 PHILADELPHIA, PA

EMAIL:  [email protected] 


The National Alliance of Women Veterans is a Philadelphia-based, non-profit, public charity, 501 (c)3 tax-exmpt organization.

NAWV INC is an organization that addresses issues relating to women who have served in the armed forces. The organization comprises women from the Iraq War to those who have served in World War II, who, many are are our honorary members and advisors.  

We are pleased with the work that has been done through our advocacy and outreach.  For the past 18 years military sexual assault is an issue that was passionately and aggressively fought through legislation and policies at every government level; Veterans Affairs, Senate and House Subcommittees. We are presently involved in the filing of Case Number CA CV 11-151 MST Class Action Lawsuit, filed on February 15th, 2011 in Federal Court in Virginia.  Susan Burke, LLC law firm and consultants have been aggressive in bringing the lawsuit to the attention to all concerned.  The 15 individuals who are named in the lawsuit include two males.  Please find more information at 

Founder and Executive Director, Cathy Santos gave testimony to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs in 1993.  There she addressed military sexual assault and health care at VA medical centers that resulted in women veterans clinics being instituted in VA hospitals throughout the United States and is archived in the Library of Congress. Biography will shortly of all officers:

November 12th, 2010 Women Veterans Roundtable with Local Philadelphia Grassroots Organizations who were present here in Philadelphia City Hall to discuss issues that related to the women veteran's community.

NEW We would like to thank Sharon Rice of Wilmington, DE for a generous contribution in the name of "Women Veteran's Causes" - we appreciate her thoughtfulness and kindness to support the work that we do. Feb. 2013

 We would like to welcome our new partnership
and Board Member
Founder and Executive Director, Dr.Althea Hankins, MD
ACES MUSEUM Honoring Black & Minority Veterans
of World War II & Their Families
5801 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144
215 842-3742     Office
215 842-2290     Fax



Cathy Santos - Board Chairpreson
Dr.  Lawrence Brown - Vice Chairman
Judith Hartwell Sanders
Angela Bennett - Treasurer
Pamela Bennett
Ie'Tanza Bronson
Mia Jackson
Deidra Boone


 We pay tribute to women who served during "Women's History Month" in March 2011 

National Alliance of Women Veterans, Incorporated, Articles of Incorporation and By-laws are filed in the State of Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporation in Harrisburg, PA. 



Supporting Organizations and Sponsorships

VETS FORCE - 2012 Membership Washington, DC Chapter
Philadelphia NAACP
Urban Coalition
BREAD & ROSES Foundation
Philadelphia Activities Fund
Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police
Mount Airy Church of God in Christ
Department of Veterans Affairs Women's Clinic
Philadelphia City Council
WURD - 2012 Chartered 900/90 Membership
Montford Point Marines - Philadelphia Chapter

American Journal of Public Health releases study on Overrepresentation of women veterans amongst homeless women

Department of Veterans Affairs Legislation Link to Thomas Gov't Website

 For more information on our organization, please check out our webjournal:

MISSION STATEMENT enclosed in 2009 National Alliance of Women Veterans Brochure
Annual Report 2011 On File
Financial Report 2011 On File
IRS 2008, 2009, 2010 Tax Filing On File