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Presidential Lecture Series

Genevieve Chase

Recognition Year: 

Founder and Executive Director of American Women Veterans

“Serve. Honor. Empower: A Conversation with Genevieve Chase”

November 20, 2012
7 p.m.
Student Union Apollo Room
Free & Open to the Public
Community Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in E156 Student Union

Genevieve Chase is the founder and executive director of American Women Veterans and a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom VII. After enlisting in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2003, Chase volunteered to serve with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). While deployed to Afghanistan as a sergeant in 2006, her vehicle was attacked by a suicide vehicle–borne improvised explosive device. The passengers survived the attack, but suffered varying degrees of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress. To counter various symptoms of TBI and PTS, Chase dedicated herself to veterans advocacy.

Since returning from active duty service, Chase has worked tirelessly to bring to light the issues faced by today’s veterans. While advocating on their behalf, she discovered a need for a focus on women veterans and their families from all eras and branches of service. To fill that void, Chase created American Women Veterans and began, in earnest, the 21st century women veterans’ movement.

A recipient of the Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge, Chase has testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee about her experiences in Afghanistan as well as the

U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee concerning women’s health care. She serves as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, in addition to her role as executive director of American Women Veterans. The U.S. Army selected her as a 2010 All American Soldier Hero for her outstanding work both in and out of uniform. Recognized as an advocate for female veterans and for her knowledge and experiences in Afghanistan, Chase acts as a media consultant to major media outlets and publications.