WVA Chapter 20 requests your presence at the

2010 National Women Veterans of America Convention



“Women Veterans of America: Coming Together; Becoming Stronger”


The convention will be held on September 10th, 11th, and 12th in

Nashville, Tennessee at the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown. 



WVA is an advocate for all women veterans and for women currently serving in the military.  We provide information and support to women veterans, our members serve on Women Veteran’s Advisory Committees, and we have become involved in local and national issues pertaining to all women veterans.




The Keynote Speaker for our convention was scheduled to be Dr. Patricia M. Hayes, Chief Consultant,

Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group, Department of Veterans Affairs. 


However, due to time and travel constraints, Dr. Hayes has

 asked MaryAnn Woodward-Smith, her Deputy Field Director

for Area 3, to appear in her place and give the presentation

on the current state of women veterans healthcare

programs within the VA on a national level. 



The Women Veterans Strategic Health Care Group is working to expand initiatives for women veterans' health

care into a broad range of areas of importance, including cardiac health, reproductive health, and birth defect

prevention, as well as fully evaluating the care being provided to increasing numbers of women veterans.  This is an

incredible opportunity for women veterans to hear directly from the department that shapes VA policies on

healthcare for women veterans.



Even though the convention is for WVA members, because of the uniqueness

of this presentation, WVA is opening the morning session to ALL women

veterans, regardless of WVA membership.  If you wish to attend the

presentation, there is NO CHARGE and no registration is required. 

Guests will be excused after the presentation so that the business

portion of the convention can begin.  Lunch WILL NOT be available to

those non-WVA members who are attending the presentation only.   



Convention registration fees are $40 with the registration deadline of

10 August 2010.  This fee includes the presentation by Woodward-Smith,

the buffet luncheon, the Saturday afternoon business

meeting, and Sunday’s business meeting and Memorial Service.




Please download the registration form below and mail with your payment to:


WVA Chapter #20

PO Box 121884

Nashville, TN 37212





Remember, the convention registration deadline is AUGUST 10th, 2010.

For our planning purposes, absolutely no registrations will be accepted after

this date.  If you will need any special assistance while at the convention,

please contact us right away so that we can make arrangements in advance. 

This includes any special dietary restrictions.



Chapter 20 has planned a busy, but fun-filled convention weekend. 

There will be plenty of business to conduct, but there will also be plenty

of time to see old friends and meet new ones as well.



We expect most travelers to arrive sometime Friday, and there will be a

hospitality room open from 3pm – 8pm with coffee, soft drinks, and very light snacks.  The registration table will be open during this time as well.  We hope that as veterans arrive, they will stop in and visit prior to heading out for the evening,

be it for dinner or other activities.  Registration will open at 7am on Saturday,

with the schedule of events to begin promptly at 8am.  Saturday’s buffet

lunch is included in the cost of registration. 



Saturday’s business activities should conclude early enough so that visitors

 can attend that night’s show at the Grand Ole Opry, or have plenty of time

to enjoy other attractions in and around Nashville.  These activities will be on

 your own, but information will be provided about tickets and transportation. 

Our convention venue, the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Nashville, is just across the street from Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and is just a short walk from some of the best venues in the city.



Sunday’s convention activities will conclude by mid-day for ease of travel, or for spending the afternoon enjoying more local sights and sounds.    








Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown

310 4th Ave. South, Nashville TN 37201

 Reservations: (800) 426-7866




The room rate per night is $139 + tax ($162.70 total). There is no charge for extra people in the room and roll-away beds can be provided at no cost.   Please notify the hotel at the time of reservation if you will need a roll-away.  Handicap accessible rooms are also available. Self-parking is free for guests and there is also a free hot breakfast. Non-guests may eat breakfast for $6.95. All rooms have small refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, hair dryers, and irons. There is an indoor pool, fitness center, business center, and free in-room internet. The hotel is 100% smoke free and is not pet-friendly, with the exception of service animals.  The hotel also offers a 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, ATM machine, baggage storage before check-in and after check-out, complimentary beverage area, coin laundry, laundry / valet service, multi-lingual staff, news stand, on-site convenience store, room service, snack shop, safety deposit box, and a tour desk for all your sight-seeing needs. Check-in is at 3:00pm with check-out by 12:00pm. 


Please note:  There is NO FREE SHUTTLE from the airport to the Hampton

Inn & Suites.  The hotel recommends Gray Line which charges $20 for your

round trip to and from the airport.


Rates: $12 One Way; $20 Roundtrip
The Gray Line Airport Express services the downtown and west end hotels of Nashville from the Nashville International Airport.  Service begins at 5:00 am and runs until 11:00 pm daily.  Gray Line departs every 15-20 minutes from the airport and every 30 minutes from most hotels.  Reservations are not required for the service from the Airport.  From baggage claim, take escalators down to the Ground Transportation level.  The Gray Line counter is to the left of the exit door.

For more information, email reservations@graylinenashville.com, call 615-275-1180, or visit http://www.graylinenashville.com/page.cfm?ID=1337.




We have compiled information about some of Nashville’s most popular tourism spots for you here.  We think you will find that Nashville is full of enjoyable sights and sounds, regardless of what your interests may be.  We hope you take advantage of our wonderful southern hospitality while you are here!




Chapter 20 is excited and honored to be hosting the National Convention and

we hope that many WVA members from across the nation will take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference in the future of this great organization. 

Women Veterans of America needs YOU!!!!!! 




If you have questions or need any additional information, please

email us at wvachapter20@gmail.com.