What is WOSL?
WOSL is a national organization of women who have served overseas in or with the Armed Forces. American women who had served overseas with the military forces during World War One founded WOSL in 1921.
WOSL’s Mission and Purpose
- To keep alive and develop the spirit that prompted overseas service.
- To maintain the ties of comradeship born of that service, and to assist and further any patriotic work.
- To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation.
- To work for the welfare of the armed services.
- To assist, in any way in our power, the men and women who served and were wounded or incapacitated in the service of their country.
- To foster and promote friendship and understanding between the United States and all other nations of the world.
Who are WOSL Members?
The members of WOSL encompass a broad spectrum of skills and careers. They represent all branches of the armed forces, government and social service agencies that provide support services for the military. All WOSL members have had at least one assignment in a foreign country during or following a war or other military action.
What Does WOSL Do?
WOSL provides support to veteran oriented service projects
- Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project (HVWP)
- The Library of Congress Veterans History
- ProjectOperation Homefront Provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home. It is one of a select few charities privileged to operate under a Memorandum of Understanding presented by the DoD.
- Protect our Defenders recruits lawyers for help to write legislation for men and women who are sexually assaulted.
- Women in Military Service for America Memorial
- National WWI Museum and Memorial archives for WOSL’s World War I records.
Women’s Overseas Service League sponsors a scholarship program for women seeking higher education or training in public service fields.