Kim Petters, founder of Women’s Veterans Collective, will serve as guest speaker at the Delaware Veterans Coalition meeting at 7 p.m. July 24 at FOP Lodge 3, 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover.
Petters served in the Air Force between 2002-12 in medical administration and public health and served a tour in Kuwait. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education and Associates of Arts in allied health, in public health and in liberal arts.
The Women Veterans Collective was created by four female veterans to create a community network and serve as advocates for female veterans.
They addresses issues like the lack of women health providers at some Veterans Affairs facilities, a growing suicide rate, homelessness that is outpacing their male counterparts and the number of women discharged related to post traumatic stress disorder.
She is also an advocate for cannabis as the safest and most effective treatment available for PTSD and has lobbied with locate grassroots advocacy organizations to end prohibition.
“WVC accepts all women veterans regardless of their reason for discharge. If they served, they're welcome,” Petters said.
Originally from Connecticut, her family, including husband Wade and their four children between ages 5 and 11, moved to Magnolia for good schools and lower taxes. Her family also has relatives in southern New Jersey. Wade Petters is also a veteran, who served as an avionics maintainer for the F-22 jet.
For information, visit delawareveteranscoalition.com or call 736-8500.