March 14, 2020
For the conference partners of the Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Inc., Women Veterans Social Justice Network and Leashes of Valor, your safety and health is our number one priority. In light of that and the international health crisis arising from the COVID-19 virus, we are moving the Women Veterans Military Moral Injury Conference in Charleston to an online platform. We believe that this conference is extremely important to the future health and well-being of our veterans and servicewomen. We are leveraging technology to enable you to experience virtually all of the aspects of this conference as if we were together in Charleston. The live broadcasts will take place during the original timeframe – March 26 and 27.
Collaboration and relationship building are two of the most important features of this conference. To that end, we are creating an online community platform that will give you special access to private chat room discussions, live webinars and recordings, resource lists, online collaboration, and exclusive content. The platform will be a way to connect with veterans, community health professionals, chaplains, and other faith leaders to continue the discussions about moral injury and enhance post-traumatic growth. If you have already paid your registration fee, you will gain access to the live broadcasts from Charleston and a one-year subscription to the new platform once it launches. The live broadcasts will take place during the same time frame as the original conference – March 26-27, and we expect the new platform to launch within a few months.
If you have not paid your $50 (non-refundable) registration fee, you will want to do so right away. There is only space for 100 active participants on the broadcasts and we don’t want you to miss out. In the next few days, as we finalize the details, we will give you the information you need to log in to the system and access the conference. To pay your registration fee, go to this PayPal link: http://bit.ly/PayNowLink. When checking out in PayPal, please be sure to enter your email address so that we can send you the conference log in details.
For those of you who used the discount code to reserve a room at the Cambria Charleston Riverview, all of those rooms will be cancelled on Monday. If you still want to travel to Charleston for personal reasons, you will need to call the hotel at (843) 766-4322 to rebook. There will be no conference personnel at the College of Charleston. The entire event is taking place online via Zoom.
This is a major shift, but what is emerging from this challenge is much greater than we originally planned. The online platform we are building will provide greater ongoing connectivity, mutual support and resource sharing than we could do at a two-day conference. We still plan to hold on-site conferences in the future once the health crisis is over, but in the meantime, we will continue to push forward on tackling the problem of moral injury in military women.
January 25, 2020
We are marching forward to March! Look at the great sessions and speakers we have lined up for you. Download these and share with your fellow veterans, faith leaders, and caring professionals.
December 12, 2019
The beautiful Linden Row Inn, a historic hotel in the downtown area, has been selected as the hotel of choice for our conference in Richmond. Located near museums, restaurants and other attractions, the discount rate is $159/night. There are a limited number of rooms, so to secure yours, go to this link, register for the conference, and you will receive instructions on how to secure your room: Registration Link.
December 6, 2019
The dates and location for the Richmond event have been selected. This great event will take place on Virginia Commonwealth University’s downtown campus, May 14-15, 2020.
November 26, 2019
The dates of the Charleston event have been moved to March 26-27. The event will take on the beautiful campus of the College of Charleston (https://cofc.edu/visit/). Located in the Historic District, visitors to the College of Charleston are struck by the beauty of its historic buildings and shaded walkways.
In Charleston, the Cambria Charleston Riverview is the preferred hotel, offering a discounted rate of only $119 during the conference. That represents a $60/night discount! The Cambria is a highly rated hotel with complimentary Wi-Fi, a full service restaurant and bar, fitness center, outdoor pool, and complimentary local shuttle. The number of rooms at this rate are limited. To make sure you get yours, go to this web link: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/DK35C7
We are still working on securing a great hotel deal for the Richmond event. We will announce the details as soon as we have them.
October 9, 2019
We will have a kick-off dinner the night before each conference. This is an opportunity to meet fellow veterans, presenters, and staff in an informal and fun setting. The registration fee for the dinner is $25 and includes food and non-alcoholic drinks.
September 28, 2019
Sponsors, exhibitors, and donations are needed to defray the cost of the event and provide travel scholarships for those veterans who are short on funds. There are many levels of sponsorship, from $10,000 to $500. Sponsorship benefits include exhibitor space, company logo in program books, advertising on web pages, luncheon tickets, and opportunities to present your organization at the conference. For details, download the Sponsor Levels and Exhibitor and Program Ad Flyers.
September 14, 2019
We have joined forces with the Women Veterans Social Justice Network to host the conference. WVSJN is a non-profit group with thousands of members. It has been helping women veterans get the help and support they need, learn coping skills, take advantage of professional opportunities, and advocate for change. More information about WVSJN can be found on their Facebook page.
May 18, 2019
We have room deals with a few hotels in the area and you can reserve your room now (there is no guarantee of room availability):
- Hilton Garden Inn, Mt. Pleasant, SC: http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/C/CHSPLGI-WVC-20200405/index.jhtml
- Spring Hill Suites, Mt. Pleasant, SC: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1557188888968&key=GRP&app=resvlink
- Linden Row Inn, Richmond, VA: https://secure.webrez.com/hotel/692/?package_id=185627&date_from=20200427&date_to=20200429&access_code=WVCC2020
April 9, 2019
The first two conferences are scheduled.
The first two conferences will take place in April of 2020: 6-7 April in Charleston, SC and 28-29 April in Richmond, VA. This events are free of charge.
Registration for the events will begin shortly. Consider sponsoring the conference or purchasing ad space to put your business, ministry, or non-profit in front of hundreds of military chaplains, civilian clergy, and veterans.