When it comes to helping women veterans, we don’t just work to address their immediate needs; we
give them the tools to rebuild their lives, helping them to regain self-sufficiency and reconnect with their family, friends, and community. In short, as our clients tell us time and again, we save lives. Why focus on women veterans when so many need help? Because women veterans face different challenges than the general population.
Prolonged separation from traditional supports such as family and close friends, highly stressful training and occupational demands, and mental or physical injuries sustained in combat, all can affect women veterans’ personalities, self-esteem, and ability to function in civilian society. These personal challenges put them at greater risk for substance abuse and PTSD. Furthermore, many women veterans joined the military at a young age, before acquiring skills that could be transferred to civilian jobs, putting them at high risk of joblessness and homelessness.
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