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Good News for Women Veterans?

Posted by sherrysaunders on June 25, 2010

 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has been on the stump saying that two of his major priorities are ending homelessness among veterans and improving health care services for women veterans.  This week he kept up the drum roll as he visited several female veterans’ health centers.  This is good news for women veterans, since they are 3.6 times more likely than women who are not veterans to become homeless.

If we are going to deal with homelessness, we also must deal with employment issues.  Studies show that both male and female veterans had a higher unemployment rate than their non veteran counterparties.  Women veterans often do not understand how to explain their military experience to potential employers in ways that translate to the civilian world.  

On the health care front, we need to not only improve health care to address the needs of women veterans we need to let them know that the services exist.  According to research done by BPW Foundation, women veterans often do not self-identify as veterans and are so often unaware of the services available to them. 

 It is essential that this country deal with the problems facing our growing population of women veterans.  There are currently more than 1.8 million women veterans and it is anticipated that another 150,000 will transition out of the military during next 5 years.  

 I for one will be watching the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to see if their actions match their promises.


One Response to “Good News for Women Veterans?”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by BPW Foundation and PVMSEC, Debbie Frett . Debbie Frett said: VA promising 2 solve veteran homelessness & improve health care 4 women vets. These are must dos. http://bit.ly/9w4bcF #veterans […]

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