There are close to two million women veterans. "Yo mama wears combat boots" is no longer just a schoolyard taunt. How do they handle the stress of being a military mom?
Retired Army Staff Sgt. June Moss returned home to the Bay Area in 2003. "I wasn't the same person when I came home," says Moss. "I was different. I was cold." In this video by Contra Costa Times reporter Jessica Yadegaran, Moss talks about her experience as a military mom, and a clinical psychologist explains the challenges that women face in service.
"When imagining a struggling war veteran, it's likely few people picture a young woman such as Moss, who was eventually diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. But women make up 15 percent of active-duty military members, and the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that by the end of 2020, women will represent 10 percent of the nation's veteran population."