Mon, 11 November 2013
When it comes to how we treat our veterans, we do pretty well in some areas, but fall down in others. Homelessness is one of the worst. It’s way too high for both male and female vets – and this is one area where women are catching up to men. Substance abuse and mental illness are leading causes of homelessness for male veterans. But homelessness for our female ex-soldiers actually starts before they leave the military. A huge factor is sexual trauma from rapes and other assaults during their service. Because they couldn’t report the crimes, or were punished when they did, many women suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and lose their jobs, family, and homes.