Our image of the homeless vet is typically male — but according to a recent survey, women serving in the military are a higher risk for broken marriages and suicide and sometimes end up living on the street. This comes on the heels of another disturbing survey that showed women veterans are not getting the treatment they need mostly because, again, our image of a veteran is male.
The good news is that there are some organizations that focus on women veterans like the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), Women Veterans Network, and Samaritan Village. At a civilian-veteran dialog a few months back, a veteran who is battling addiction spoke privately about how grateful she was to be at Samaritan Village where she didn’t have to explain the military experience to civilians or have therapists or fellow residents make assumption about what it was and was not like to be a woman in uniform.
As our own film shows, women are in the minority — we feature only one female chaplain and just a handful of female troops. But 12% of 2.2 million deployed troops is still a large number.