Women Veterans Just Want to be Heard

A new study commissioned by the Disabled American Veterans was released on September 24, 2015. If you are a woman veteran, whether you suffer from some of the challenges that are specific to women veterans or not, you should take a bit of time to digest what it says. At 52 pages, this is one of the most comprehensive studies I’ve seen yet.

If you care at all about a women who just happened to have been in the military at some point in her life, you should take the time to read this report. You can find the report here: DAV Study Report: The Long Journey Home.

Besides the report by the DAV, I wanted to bring attention to an opinion article I found in the detroit news about the head of the Michigan Veterans Task Force, Stephanie Shannon. She is working to spotlight the issues facing women veterans in her region. There are some areas/regions that are phenomenal in the way they go about bringing awareness to the challenges women veterans face. Sadly, there are a great many regions that do little to acknowledge and help women face these challenges. Kudos to the region that encompasses Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. You are doing it right!

Read the Full article:
Thompson: Women veterans want to be heard

Stephanie Shannon, the head of the Michigan Veterans Task Force, an organization created to bring awareness to the plight of women veterans, says it is time to put the spotlight on the issues facing women veterans in this region because out of more than 46,000 women veterans in Michigan, Wayne County accounts for the highest number at 9,161, according to figures compiled by the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs.

“We come from all walks of life. We are loving mothers, wives, daughters, educators, leaders, ministers, sisters, aunts and leaders that impact the lives of others. Many people thought I was crazy to join an all-male dominated organization and that it took some unusual amount of strength to endure the stress and burden of being a woman in the military,” said Shannon, 46, who joined the military in 1990 and served eight years. “Serving your country is selfless and not selfish. Women veterans have served since the Revolutionary War, and we are yet to be honored in every aspect of today’s society.”

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter You can find Rachel’s writing credentials at rachelmbaker.com