As the below articles document, women veterans is one of fastest growing segments of the veteran population. It is estimated that women veterans will comprise ten percent of the total veteran population by 2020. One of the partners at Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg previously addressed one of the issues that some female veterans have encountered, sexual trauma while in the military, in a May 2012 Article on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Sexual Trauma.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) previously established a committee to address issues related to women veterans in 1983. On November 29, 2012, the VA announced that five new members were being appointed to this committee. The linked press release provides additional information, as well as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki’s comments, and can be accessed at VA Press Release on Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.
Today, the San Diego Home Post published an article and video addressing female-specific concerns for veterans. The article details a variety of resources available to women veterans and can be accessed at November 18 Home Post Article on Women Veterans.
One of the resources I am aware of is the Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus program. This program “provides mentors, subject matter experts (SMEs) and a wealth of online resources to help women veterans and military spouses obtain meaningful employment or further their careers.” More information about this program can be found at http://www.joiningforcesmentoringplus.org/
If you have questions or concerns about your eligibility for veterans benefits, please do not hesitate to contact me for a free consultation at sdirector@FRE-L.com or (732) 382-6070.