The article below talks about the struggles women veterans have with identity and recognition after the service to our country. It starts out talking about a 90 year old woman veteran who joined the Women’s Reserve in 1944, and just recently found out she had veterans healthcare benefits because of her service. She didn’t consider herself a veteran – because she sat behind a desk. She felt like only the men deserved to be called veterans because they were the ones who did something courageous.
Many of us feel this way, and the article below explores why.
Here’s the Article: Female veterans struggle with identity, recognition after service to country
Although women have been a vital part of U.S. military operations since World War I, getting older women to see themselves as veterans hasn’t been easy. One result is they sometimes don’t get the benefits they’ve earned, though women 65 and older now make up 14 percent of women who receive Veterans Affairs health care.
Younger female veterans are more likely to see action, especially since the military officially allowed women to serve on the front lines in January 2013. Still, younger women veterans say, there’s a recognition problem — not within themselves, but rather from society.
The number of female veterans has increased over the past decade, and VA hospitals have responded by expanding their services to better serve the women. Of the 22 million veterans accounted for in September 2014, a little over 2 million were female — an increase from the 1.6 million female veterans recorded in 2000 and 1.2 million in 1990.