Veteran’s Day: Remembering women who serve

Female veterans

November 11 is set aside every year in the United States to honor military veterans and the service they provide to country. On this day, Women Are Core pays special tribute to women in uniform and the sacrifices they make.

Here are some statistics we found:

    • – As of September 2013, women were estimated to comprise 2.5 million (10.3%) of all living veterans.
    • – In 2012, 8.3% of women veterans faced unemployment, while male veteran unemployment dropped to 6.9% and women non-veterans to 7.7%.
    • – Nearly 100,000 women veterans were unemployed in 2013. 6% of the 97,000 unemployed women veterans were ages 18 to 24.
    • – In 2013, veteran women ages 25 to 54 were more likely to be enrolled in school than nonveterans. This may be due to the fact that many veterans defer some of their education until the completion of their military service. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    • – In 2009 and 2010, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), hypertension, and depression were the top three diagnostic categories for women veterans treated by Veterans Health Care.
    • – In 2008, 453,250 women veterans enrolled in the VA health-care system for care. 22% of those women screened positive for military sexual trauma, compared to 1.2% of men.
  • – About 12% of the general adult homeless population in the US are veterans. Of the 57,849 homeless veterans on a single night in January 2013, 60% were located in shelters or transitional housing programs, and 40% were in unsheltered locations. Roughly 8% of the veteran homeless are female.
  • – The majority of homeless veterans are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. Roughly 40% of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 10.4% and 3.4% of the U.S. veteran population, respectively. Homeless veterans are younger on average than the total veteran population. Approximately 9% are between the ages of 18 and 30, and 41% are between the ages of 31 and 50.
  • – More than 40% of women on active duty have children and more than 30,000 single mothers have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2009.

Photo: Female veteran and child seek affordable housing in Florida