The San Gabriel Tribune reported on Thursday that California is making an effort to help out female veterans that are having trouble finding work after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Their trouble securing and holding down a job is sometimes caused by the psychological effects of being in combat zones. Women affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is fairly common among veterans, often feel ashamed that they have the symptoms. In addition, many women experience guilt for leaving their families and children behind.
All of these issues hold back women from finding work and thriving in the workplace. The California Employment Development Department (EDD), San Gabriel Valley office, held its first job symposium fair directed exclusively at women.
Auggie Gomez, a veteran's employment representative for the EDD, explains:
"We are seeing more and more females coming out of the military ... like men, they find themselves with mental health issues, some are homeless or close to being homeless ... a lot of them are single parents who can't find adequate child care ... and many don't want to talk about their personal issues in front of me."
Thursday's symposium invited employers and services directed at women, with typical job search opportunities and training information, as well as free child care opportunities and mental health support information.