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Service Women's Action Network
The Service Women's Action Network supports and develops the leadership of veterans, mentors
young women considering military service, works to solve problems facing women in uniform and
provides and promotes services that are healing to women after their military service experience.
SWAN establishes a worldwide network of military women, veterans and allies to provide lasting
support, community and resources.
A forum for women in the military, this site fosters community and camaraderie among women
soldiers and provides many resources for those in the military and women who are considering
joining the military.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): Center for
This section of the VA monitors and coordinates the VA's Administration of health services and
benefits to women veterans. Find links to fact sheets, statistics on women veterans, veteran
health care resources, an FAQ and links to state women veteran coordinators.
WOVEN (Women Veterans
This community of women veterans is based in Florida, and aims to become an online community for
women veterans in their transition from the military. Find out more about events and resources at
Women Organizing Women VETWOW
An advocacy organization for women veterans, VETWOW works mainly on issues of Military Sexual
Trauma through one on one services, promoting better access to military benefits and lobbying for
changes in military policy.
ABC News: Female Veterans Traumatized by War Fight New Battle in VA Healthcare System
This report details the challenges that women soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are facing in
receiving care for PTSD and other mental health issues because they serve in combat support rather than
the combat arms. At least three bills currently under consideration in Congress call for larger studies
on women soldiers to determine how war affects their physical, mental and reproductive health. (March 2, 2010)
Women's VA Health Care Falls Short
This comprehensive article from Good Housekeeping magazine details the problems women soldiers are facing
in getting the attention that they need from the Veterans Affairs healthcare system. In order for real change to
take place, writer Jan Goodwin says, we have to be "honest about what women face — day after day, night after night — in today's wars." (2010)
New York Times: Women at Arms
This series of articles examines changing roles of women in the military and explore the lives of
women soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond. Pieces about women at combat, motherhood for
female soldiers, sexual abuse by fellow GIs and women with PTSD all further our understanding of
what female soldiers go through while they are deployed and when they return home.
The Washington Post: Woman Gains a Silver Star, and Removal from
Monica Brown, an 18-year-old medic in Iraq who risked her life to shield and treat her wounded
comrades, became the second woman since World War II to receive a silver star. Yet she was soon
removed from her position because the ban on women in combat barred her from direct combat
The American Prospect: The Combat Within: Female Veterans and PTSD Benefits
PTSD in female veterans is often the result of a combination of sexual assault and combat trauma.
However, the VA healthcare system doesn't always diagnose PTSD in female veterans, which leads to
denials of claims for mental health care.
The Los Angeles Times: Rapist in the Ranks
Women serving in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by
enemy fire in Iraq. Yet very few suspects investigated for sexual assault in the military are
prosecuted. Congresswoman Jane Harmon highlights the issue of sexual assault in this article and
urges the military and Congress to address the crisis.
The New York
Times: The Women's War
Portraits of female soldiers reveal what drew them to enlist, the challenges they face and how
they are adjusting to civilian life once they return home.
New American Media: Divorce Rate Triple for U.S. Female
Soldiers, Report Finds
This article summarises a report by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American (IAVA), which
reveals "alarming" statistics about the marriages of female soldiers, the low earnings of female
veterans in comparison to male veterans and more.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
of America (IAVA): Women Warriors: Supporting She 'Who Has Borne the Battle'
This extensive report from IAVA points out that though women in the military have many new
opportunities, they still face significant challenges, and too often, do not receive adequate
support within the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Hospital Upgrades Care for Female Vets
More than 230,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, but many report that when they
return from war, they face another battle at home: getting the care and respect they need at VA
hospitals. The traditionally male-dominated environment often doesn't recognize that women
veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced the same psychological, physical
and emotional trauma as male veterans. VA hospitals across the nation are taking a number of
steps to treat the whole female veteran.
Jessica Scott's Blog
Regarding War Blogger
has been blogging about her experiences as a woman, a mother, a wife and a
female soldier since September, 2008. While she was deployed to Iraq
continued writing, giving her readers a glimpse of the complicated realities of being a woman in
Times: Home Fires
Home Fires features the writing of men and women who have returned from wartime service in the
United States military. Catherin Ross wrote about
the ban on combat for women.
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When retired Army Staff Sgt. June Moss returned from Iraq, she had to explain to her children why
she couldn't hug them. Any embrace longer than two seconds made her skin feel like it was on
fire. "When I got back, my kids were really clingy," Moss says. "They wanted affection. But, what
do you say to a child?" (via Coalition for Iraq and
Afghanistan Veterans, Contra Costa Times, January 10, 2010)
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