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Annual summit in Hampton aimed at helping Virginia’s female veterans

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ARLINGTON, VA – MARCH 31: Soldiers, officers and civilian employees attend the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Army’s annual observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the Pentagon Center Courtyard March 31, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. In conjunction with the national campaign against sexual assault, The Army announced this year’s theme, ‘Not in […]

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of female veterans are expected to attend an annual summit in Virginia aimed at aiding the transition from active duty to civilian life.

The sixth annual Virginia Women Veterans Summit will be held May 16-17 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel and Convention Center.

Presentations will be made on topics important to Virginia’s growing female veteran segment, including career strategies, education, entrepreneurship, finance, and personal health and wellness.

The program will also include a “Shark Tank” inspired competition among veteran and spouse-owned businesses that will compete for a cash prize as the business most likely to succeed. Gov. Ralph Northam is scheduled to present prizes to the winners.

Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins said Virginia is home to more than 104,000 female veterans.

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