Veterans Count: Supporting women vets

Women who serve in the military have unique needs. They are much more likely to be single parents than their male counterparts, and childcare is a significant issue both while in the service and when they return from service. The homelessness rate for female veterans is on the rise. Employment can be a challenge as well. These financial and family struggles are often compounded by the psychological aftermath of traumatic experiences incurred in service. In addition to increasing exposure to dangerous combat situations, approximately 1 in 5 females serving in the armed forces report experiencing sexual harassment or assault, which can lead to pervasive problems with mental health and future relationships.

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