Improve services for female veterans
Created by Janel Voth
This campaign needs to raise $5,000 to hire one of our lobbyists. 100% of donations go towards paying lobbying fees for this issue.
I am a 23-year Army veteran who has witnessed the U.S. military transition to include women into combat arms battalions, adjust to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and lift its combat exclusion policy to open almost all career fields to women. Unfortunately, the Veterans Administration has been able to keep up with the influx of women, resulting in females being the most underserved veteran population.
Women veterans need help. I’ve called and emailed my members of Congress. But in Washington, D.C., the best way to get things done is through a lobbyist.
I am asking the current military, veterans, and supporters to help fund my campaign to hire a lobbyist through Lobbyists 4 Good. Women deserve a much easier transition to civilian life after putting their lives on the line. Together, we can make a real impact and get female vets the care they deserve!
About services for female veterans
Throughout the Unite States’ history, women have made significant contributions to the United States’ military - risking their lives to protect our country. Women currently represent 20% of new military recruits, 14.5% of active duty military and 18% of National Guard and Reserve Forces. Women currently make up the fastest growing demographic in the military.
Yet despite the historic contributions of female veterans and their increasing importance to the modern military, women are routinely underserved by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Here are the facts about the care of female vets:
Multiple studies show that female veterans do not receive the same level of services and benefits as their male counterparts on a number of crucial issues to a successful transition to civilian life, including access to Health Care Services, Education, Transition Assistance Programs, Employment, Housing, and Disability Compensation.
Women veterans’ homelessness has tripled in the last ten years, despite the overall rate of veterans homelessness dropping during the same period.
Many female veterans report the quality of the Veteran Affair’s Maternity & Newborn Care to be insufficient.
Female veterans are eligible for only 7 days of maternity care and need to pay out-of-pocket costs for medically necessary transports for maternity care.
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Female Veterans deserve an easier transition to civilian life. The Deborah Sampson Act to Empower Women Veterans enacts vital measures to ensure women veterans get the support they need to be successful. This act is an important step forward to helping ease barriers and addresses the needs of returning female veterans into civilian life.
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