The Challenges Facing Women Veterans

THIS GRAPH SHOWS THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS in the United States. You’ll see that the second largest group is “veterans”:

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Image source: Many Eyes. Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, HUD

Veterans make up more than double the rate of homeless in the general population. What you don’t see in the graph is that the number of homeless female veterans has nearly doubled over the past decade.

In addition to housing insecurity, women veterans face other challenges, including caring for young children. Women veterans also need specialized health services to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and military sexual trauma.

Here’s where to learn more, take action, and help:

Hear what women veterans have to say about what it’s like to be homeless

Read more about the challenges facing women veterans as they transition to civilian life from The Business and Professional Women’s Foundation

American Women Veterans is an all-volunteer organization supporting women veterans

Swords to Ploughshares is a nonprofit group providing health issue services

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