Women’s Army Corps Veterans’ Association Ch 68: donations to Phoenix VA

Phoenix, AZ—In June 2024, Chapter 68, Saguaro (Phoenix) of the Women’s Army Corps Veterans’ Association – Army Women United (WACVA-AWU) proudly donated over $2700 worth of requested goods to the Phoenix VA Health Care System. These donations included household items, hygiene products, gift cards, and bus passes for veterans who have recently transitioned from homelessness to housing. The chapter members worked together to assemble the variety of goods donated.

“Our chapter focuses on serving our fellow veterans in several ways,” said Sheree Bigge, President of Chapter 68 since 2013. “Many members also give their time and treasure to organizations like Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and others, in addition to veteran and community projects.”

Stacey Eastwood, a chapter member, added, “I like the Chapter 68 socials the best. We gather once a month, share a meal, and enjoy camaraderie. We hold a raffle to raise money to help vets in need.”

Chapter 68, one of three WACVA-AWU chapters in Arizona, meets socially once a month at various restaurants in the valley. In May, they celebrate the anniversary of women in the US Army, with 2024 marking the 82nd anniversary. Each December, they host an annual holiday tea party.

More than 40 women veterans, representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, are members of Chapter 68. Women from all armed services are eligible to join as associate members. Notably, 12 members have been inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, and the chapter includes veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Chapter 68 sponsors the only all-female Color Guard in Arizona, which performs at Memorial Day and other events honoring veterans. In 2023/2024, members reported 7819 volunteer hours and $50,814 in contributions to benefit the community.

Since 1946, WACVA-AWU has promoted the welfare of women who served honorably in any branch of the Army. WACVA-AWU is the only federally chartered female veterans service organization, with nearly 900 members in 16 chapters nationwide.

For more information, visit their Facebook page or the National WACVA website.

Contact: Gabe Forsberg, US Army veteran
(602) 686-1512
[email protected]

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