Women Veterans: The Journey Ahead

For this issue of the newsletter I would like to pass on some links for you to read. It would be impossible to put all the information in the newsletter however it is all vital information.

On July 10 lawmakers look to ways to provide help for women veterans, particularly those who are homeless. This was through a hearing of the house Veterans Affairs subcommittee on economic opportunity. The panel heard from former service members and those from advocacy groups working to provide housing and jobs to women veterans. By the year 2025, women veterans will make up 15% of our nations veterans. Right now women veterans are the fastest growing population on the streets on any given night.

The homeless population for women veterans has more than doubled since 2006. Recently re-introduced, the Housing for Women’s Act would allocate $20 million to organizations which assist homeless women veterans and family members. Most women veterans are afraid to come forward if they are homeless, because their children will be stripped away from them. Safe spaces and resources need to be created for them. Please read the following link for more information. https://thehill.com/policy/defense/452504-advocates-urge-help-for-homelesswomen-veterans

The following article talks about the DOD partnering with the Veterans Affairs to implement the first women’s health transition training. The program is an in person and virtual course designed to provide a female perspective to active duty, reserves and National Guard service women who plan to transition to civilian or reserves and National Guard status. Women face greater health related challenges after military service compared to their male counterparts. This includes chronic pain, obesity, musculoskeletal issues, depression and suicide. Since 2001, age adjusted rates of suicide among women veterans have increased by 85.2% versus 30.5% among men. https://www.af.mil/DesktopModules/ArticleCS/Print.aspx?PortalId=1&ModuleId= 850&Article=1907492

The following article link is regarding US representative Tulsi Gabbard who is a female combat veteran. She has now been introduced as the vice chair of the new service women and women’s veterans congressional caucus. Please read the following article. https://www.kitv.com/story/40482646/gabbard-named-vice-chair-of-newservicewomen-womens-veterans-congressional-caucus

Additionally, for information on the current landscape of challenges for women veterans, areas of concern and recommendations for change download DAV’s comprehensive report, Women Veterans: The Journey Ahead, visit: https://www.dav.org/women-veterans/

Lisa Drossart who is the Women Veterans Committee Secretary got to attend the 2019 DAV national convention in Orlando Florida this past week. She was very much involved in many breakouts and seminars. In next month’s newsletter I will cover the event she attended and her reports.

Finally, the Women Veterans Committee will be hosting the Wisconsin Women Veterans Annual Luncheon on September 28, 2019 at the Duck Creek Pub, 754 Riverview Drive, Green Bay. The theme is “The Importance of Maintaining Your Physical and Mental Health.” Cost: $20 per person. RSVP: September 15. Contact: Lisa Drossart 920-304-9361 or lisadrossart@gmail.com.

As with all of our state newsletters, if you as a woman Veteran or a service member would like any articles of importance put on this page please contact me. All ideas will be listened to and acted upon.

Please enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to speaking to you next month.

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