SWAN supports, defends, and empowers today’s servicewomen and women veterans of all eras, through groundbreaking advocacy initiatives and innovative, healing community programs.
SWAN’s vision is to transform military culture by securing equal opportunity and the freedom to serve in uniform without threat of harassment, discrimination, intimidation or assault. SWAN also seeks to reform veterans’ services on a national scale to guarantee equal access to quality health care, benefits and resources for women veterans and their families. SWAN affects change for servicewomen and women veterans by educating and informing policy makers, the media and the public, engaging military leadership and veterans providers, developing healing and empowering community programs, offering personal support and guidance from fellow women veterans and providing pro bono legal referrals from military law experts.
SWAN is a human rights organization. We tackle issues and challenge institutions that deny equal opportunities, equal protections, and equal benefits to servicemembers and veterans. Similarly, the inclusive approach we take is pivotal to healing the various forms of discrimination and violence faced by women in the military, including sexism, racism, and homophobia. Women veterans design, supervise and lead SWAN’s programs, in order to foster a sense of belonging, ownership, and community and to build personal skills that increase leadership experience, self-sufficiency, healing and well-being. The content of SWAN’s work is directly informed by the experiences of the women whom we serve. SWAN gives voice, agency and opportunity to women veterans, regardless of the context, era, or type of their service