Why the emphasis?
Females are the fastest growing population of veterans seeking VA health care.
Females make up 10% of the veteran population
Females make up over 12% of Post-911 veterans
1 in 3 women seen in the VA respond "yes" when screened for Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
71% of women veterans report having been sexually harrassed.
What's the difference?
Even though more women veterans are seeking help and begining to tell their story, they continue to be the most underserved demographic of veterans and many do not seek help.
Growing rate of female veteran homelessness; female veterans are 4x more likely to experience homelessness
As female service member rates increase, they face challenges that routinely place them at risk for victimization and isolation while deployed
Studies continue to show female veterans having a more difficult period of societal reaclamation than their male counterparts
A program for female veterans, by female veterans!
Using our existing and proven Biblical and spiritually-centered program, we have set out to raise the bar in service to female veterans. This peer-led program addressing issues unique to our fellow female veterans provides a safe, compassionate environment and path to overcome service-related trauma that often fosters anger, resentment, depression, self-destruction, broken relationships and suicide.
Dr. Erica Spence, DMin, BSN
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Female veterans face the same post-war mental health issues as male soldiers, but also have to deal with gender discrimination and sexual assault.
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