Below is an article that shares some stunning statistics, while outlining some of the glaring challenges women veterans face. The article is found at the Daily Kos, which may, on the surface, be a bit too liberal for some of you, but try to put your politics aside for the greater good.
The challenges women veterans (and all veterans) face are not Democratic or Republican issues, they are veteran issues, gender issues, healthcare issues, homelessness issues, financial issues. All political parties have different ways of wanting to implement solutions, and some ideas are good, and some are really bad. But as Women Veterans, we have to band together as a sisterhood and demand better – there is no such thing as enough…only better.
I invite you to read the article below regardless of your political leanings, for no other reason than we can’t demand better if we aren’t informed.
Women have served in the military since the Revolutionary War. According to a report issued late last year by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV),
Today they constitute approximately 20 percent of new recruits, 14.5 percent of the 1.4 million active duty component and 18 percent of the 850,000 reserve component. Almost 280,000 women have served Post-9/11 in Afghanistan and Iraq. While the number of male veterans is expected to decline by 2020, the number of women veterans is expected to grow dramatically, to 11 percent of the veteran population.
Transitioning from combat to peacetime is often difficult for veterans, and as a result the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have instituted programs to ease those transitions. DOD stateside facilities offer assistance to the family members of returning troops as well. Those programs however, are geared to the needs of the female spouses and some do not even allow the spouses of female service members to participate.
Once they have been discharged, the problems facing women vets worsen as they deal with a Veterans Affairs department that is ill-suited to provide healthcare and other services for women.
This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter