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It Shouldn't Be This Hard To Be A Female Veteran In America

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The number of women serving in the U.S. military has increased dramatically in recent years, yet the services they need upon returning home are not keeping up with the unprecedented demand.


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Diane K (134)
Tuesday November 11, 2014, 4:13 pm
Women in the military deserve to be treated with more respect & given more opportunities. Sad to think of homeless women after serving this country. Thanks for posting, Carrie.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 11, 2014, 4:13 pm
It's tough sledding 4 female veterans in pretty all countries...the same can def be said 4 Canadian females. You'd think the mentality would've changed by now...but just your typical war against women. Thx Carrie

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday November 11, 2014, 4:16 pm

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday November 11, 2014, 6:17 pm
During and after serving can be a nightmare for women. How discouraging...hmmm...perhaps that's the objective. Keep on pluggin' for change and rights...

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday November 11, 2014, 6:53 pm
Then you want me to brag about how much I love my country? I hope not.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday November 11, 2014, 8:16 pm
It is Horrible.
Thank you Carrie

Judith C (159)
Tuesday November 11, 2014, 10:20 pm
It is very sad. Thanks for the info.

Darren W (218)
Wednesday November 12, 2014, 12:49 am
Not just serving in the U.S military. Globally.

Bruce C D (89)
Wednesday November 12, 2014, 2:38 am
As the article indicates, the Obama administration is making some efforts in regards to the needs and concerns of female armed services personnel. Sadly, the article also indicates we have a long way to go.

The problems aren't confined solely to female members of U.S. armed forces, however. The neglect extends to all members, regardless of gender. Angelika had provided a good link at another Veteran's Day story to a Ft. Hood study and report:

Operation Recovery: The Fort Hood Testimonies Report

Athena F (131)
Wednesday November 12, 2014, 3:01 am
thank you

Kathleen Mireault (211)
Wednesday November 12, 2014, 8:08 am
Sadly noted. Thanks, Carrie.

Kathleen Mireault (211)
Wednesday November 12, 2014, 8:17 am
Thanks for the link, Bruce. Horriffic!

M B (62)
Wednesday November 12, 2014, 8:46 am
Noted, thx Carrie

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday November 12, 2014, 9:19 am
Also see this C2 News Item "Women Are Veterans Too":

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday November 12, 2014, 9:30 am
Also this from the Sacramento Bee:
'A recent survey of women veterans in California found that 73 percent experienced sexual harassment in the military and 40 percent of those surveyed said they were sexually assaulted while in the service.
Of those, two-thirds didn’t report their assault and nearly three-quarters, 73 percent, didn’t seek medical treatment.

Other reports indicate that sexual-assault and rape victims in the military are more traumatized than victims in civilian society. There’s a heightened sense of betrayal that a comrade would attack them and a sense of helplessness that they were violated inside a system that places law, order and security at a premium.

A 2012 federal study shows that sexual trauma in the military – which has been expansively defined to include everything from pressure to have unwanted relations to rape – is more likely to lead to post-traumatic stress disorder in women than any other event, including combat exposure.

Finances and unemployment add more layers of emotional stress many women veterans confront. While unemployment among their ranks nationally is 6.9 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers, the picture in California is more grim.'

Read more here:

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday November 12, 2014, 11:33 am
Women usually get the short end of the stick, no matter what it is, so this is following suit. Not right but reality. As we have a patriarchy system, it's designed with men in mind, women are somehow just suppose to thrive in it. It doesn't work that way, this is a system that not even the men are thriving in. Very harsh system.

Mandi T (366)
Wednesday November 12, 2014, 12:01 pm
Ditto what Sheryl said. Very harsh.
Tks Carrie

Jo S (619)
Wednesday November 12, 2014, 4:43 pm
Noted & shared, just awful!.
Thanks Carrie

Gene J (290)
Thursday November 13, 2014, 5:39 am
It shouldn't be that hard to be a female soldier either. But it is. The military is true example of the worst of the "good old boy" network. The VA has lots of work to do for female veterans and more than a little for male veterans as well. It really chaps me to read of things like the Wounded Warrior project through commercials sung by redneck chicken hawk country singers and/or actors. The care of returning veterans is the responsibility of the United States government, NOT charity. There should be NO need for any charitable care because returning vets are owed FULL care by the government of this country who put them in harms way in the first place. They are, at least after Viet Nam, all volunteers in the service of this country. The least it can do in return is take care of what they suffered in its service.

Darren W (218)
Thursday November 13, 2014, 6:01 am
Agree with Gene. The attitude of men at most levels of societies needs to change in order for women to be accepted, and for a level playing field in regards to salaries to be implemented.

Edith B (146)
Thursday November 13, 2014, 8:46 pm
These are horrible statistics.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday November 14, 2014, 2:53 am
This is an urgente problem that needs to be fixed asap.
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