Women Vets Feel Lack of Support, Services

Posted September 25, 2014 at 5:00am

The Wall St. Journal reports that “isolation and lack of support is shared by many… women vets, even as their numbers have surged, according to a report released Wednesday by the Disabled American Veterans, a veterans-service organization. The report highlights ways that military women differ from male counterparts both during and after their service.”  

“‘As we watch our membership change from predominantly male to now having many females, we realize it’s important to bring their stories to light’ and push for changes to serve them better, said Garry Augustine, executive director of Disabled American Veterans.”  

“As of March, women made up about 210,000 of the 1.79 million veterans who have served since 2001, according to the report. About 14% of active-duty service forces today are female, vs. 8% in 1980.”  

“And never before has the Department of Veterans Affairs faced so many women who served in combat roles as they have in recent conflicts.”