Women Veterans Are Undercounted and Underserviced. STEM Careers Can Help - Opinion
REBECCA LEWIS , MANAGING PROJECT DIRECTOR, EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC)
ON 12/1/22 AT 8:00 AM EST
Women veterans are the fastest growing population in the U.S. military. Yet as the number of women stepping up to serve our country grows, our nation is falling behind in meeting their needs. In Massachusetts, an October 2022 State Auditor report found that 1,500 out of 25,000 women veterans—just 6 percent—were identified by the Department of Veterans' Services between 2019 and 2021. This means that 24,500 women veterans in the state lack vital services.
As military experts shared with Congress last year, many of our almost 2 million living women veterans struggle to transition back to civilian life due to unmet needs including employment counseling, financial guidance, and health and mental health support. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that veteran women are almost two times as likely as non-veteran women to experience homelessness.
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