NO MONUMENT TO HONOR 25 Percent OF MILITARY + 2.3 MILLION WOMEN VETERANS!!! Currently, there isn't a monument to honor 25 percent of the military plus 2.3 women veterans who have been serving in combat since 1948... Read More
NO MONUMENT TO HONOR 25 Percent OF MILITARY + 2.3 MILLION WOMEN VETERANS!!!
Currently, there isn't a monument to honor 25 percent of the military plus 2.3 women veterans who have been serving in combat since 1948.
Women have volunteered to serve in the U.S. military since the American Revolution. Today, they constitute approximately 20 percent of new recruits, 19.5 percent of the 1.4 million active duty component and 18 percent of the 850,000-reserve component. Almost 280,000 women have served Post-9/11 in Afghanistan and Iraq. While the number of male veterans is expected to decline by 2020, the number of women veterans is expected to grow dramatically, to 26 percent of the veteran population.
Women who served our country in the military are strong and heroic, but their contributions have been under-recognized, even by women themselves. The challenges of readjustment to post-military life affect women differently than men and should receive attention from their local communities and the federal government that is at least comparable to that received by men. The unique needs of women veterans are varied and complex, spanning the areas of healthcare, eradication of sexual assault, employment, finance, housing, and social issues. One of the most persistent problems is a culture among military and veterans perceived as unwelcoming and discriminatory to women.
The MWV embraces the change to provide a roadmap for urgent action to support women veterans on their long journey home. Women veterans have remained invisible for far too long to federal, state and local programs that have a mission to support them. The time has come to push for change in reintegration and readjustment support for women as they transition to post-military life. MWV has developed a Veterans Integrated Approach to address the transition needs of women veterans, and an overhaul of the culture, values, and services of the federal system.
We must correct this oversight!
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