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Female Veterans

5 Years Ago, This Veteran Was Homeless. Today, She's A Student At Harvard

OWN | Posted 03.25.2015 | OWN

Alicia Watkins is a retired Air Force staff sergeant who proudly served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She risked her life for the freedom of others, surviv...

It Shouldn't Be This Hard To Be A Female Veteran In America

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact

The number of women serving in the U.S. military has increased dramatically in recent years, yet the services they need upon returning home are not ke...

Celebrating ALL Veterans and Breaking Down Gender Barriers

Nancy A. Glowacki | Posted 01.11.2015 | Women
Nancy A. Glowacki

As the proportion of women in the veteran population continues to grow, all efforts to expand economic opportunities for veterans must include consideration of the additional strengths and challenges of working women.

Donté Stallworth

Female World War II Veteran Continues Breaking Barriers Well Into Her 90s | Donté Stallworth | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When 96-year-old Ruth Dunlap arrived at the airport last year for a flight to Washington, D.C., she was notified that she would be the o...

Michelle Obama Wants Women Veterans To 'Show Off A Little Bit'

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Michelle Obama is telling women to be bold in their next career step. "If you want a job, you can't be modest. You've got to...

Report Finds Serious Shortcomings In How The VA Cares For Female Veterans

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even ...

Women Veterans Look Toward Furthering Their Education

Barbara Mujica | Posted 10.15.2014 | Women
Barbara Mujica

America's two million female veterans are looking toward the future, and many are improving their employment opportunities by enrolling in courses. What issues do women veterans confront when they return to school?

Why Aren't We Talking About Homeless Female Veterans?

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.12.2014 | Women

In his new PBS series "Coming Back with Wes Moore," Army veteran Wes Moore explores the often painful process of returning home from combat, including...

Why Do Black Women Have to Look Like White Women to Serve Their Country?

Ama Yawson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Ama Yawson

Given the fact that military men and women sacrifice so much, I believe that all members of the military regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation deserve to be honored and respected. Sadly, black women of the U.S. army are being severely dishonored and disrespected by Army Regulation 670-1.

Service. Sacrifice. Success.

K. Sujata | Posted 05.13.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Many veterans who return from active duty encounter a difficult transition to civilian life. They come back to a poor economy in which jobs are scarce. The WBDC discovered that there was only one program in the U.S. that provided women veterans with the tools they need to become successful entrepreneurs.

Dear Military Spouses: I'm Sorry

Kayla Williams | Posted 04.28.2014 | Women
Kayla Williams

We're willing to watch movies like Twelve Years a Slave to try to imagine that experience, willing to read books about being young wizards and let our imaginations take us into that world -- why can we not do the same for troops and veterans?

The Forgotten 14% -- Our Female Vets

Martha Burk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Men constitute 86 percent of active duty forces, and make up 90 percent of the homeless veteran population. For women, the numbers are 14 percent and 10 percent respectively. But the reasons are different.

Women Proudly Serve

Starlyn Lara | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Starlyn Lara

Women veterans need the opportunity to talk and socialize with other veterans who can understand and relate to their own experiences. Imagine the impact if each one of us would take the challenge of paying it forward to a fellow woman veteran transitioning.

Molly O'Toole

'It'll Hurt Less Than If I'm Alive' | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact

In just a year in the Army, Jessica Kenyon said she was sexually assaulted three different times, her trauma compounded by two botched rape investigat...

Molly O'Toole

When Your Job In War Is To Save Soldiers' Lives, You Never Really Come Home | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact

This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we spotlight suicide-prevention efforts within the military...

A Call to Arms: Helping Female Veterans Find Jobs

Jim Gibbons | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

Two years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden called on Goodwill and others to support our military veterans by participating in the Joining Forces campaign. Goodwill rose to that call.

Why Are So Many Female Vets Homeless?

Heather Wood Rudúlph | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Heather Wood Rudúlph

Not all female veterans returning home have been assaulted or need an abortion or even have an injury. But they're winding up on the streets anyway. Being homeless is a tragedy for anyone, but it seems particularly harrowing for women.

Saluting Women Veterans on Mother's Day

Gregory C. Scott | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Gregory C. Scott

As we all remember our mothers this Mother's Day, don't forget about the women that suffer everyday in silence from the trauma of serving in our military, but yet are "Mommy's too." On this Mother's Day, we SALUTE our mothers who are also veterans, as well as our military wives.

Confidence Helps Women Business Owners Take Flight

Nell Merlino | Posted 07.06.2013 | Women
Nell Merlino

A friend of mine who teaches people how to fly told me there is a big difference between her male and female students. Male students almost always need to get their skill level up to their confidence level, while female students inevitably need to get their confidence level up to their skill level.

The Invisible Scars Female Vets Bear | Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact

As the media pays more attention to the invisible scars soldiers can bring home from service, a common picture has emerged: that of the strong, battle...

The Harsh Struggles Only Female Vets Face

Posted 03.29.2013 | Impact

By Sara Benincasa, TakePart Women veterans are part of the national conversation as never before. This topicality is partially thanks to the fact t...

Female Vets Are Fastest Growing Segment Of Homeless Population | Posted 02.28.2013 | Impact

Even as the Pentagon lifts the ban on women in combat roles, returning servicewomen are facing a battlefield of a different kind: they are now the fas...

WATCH: 'Project Runway All Stars' Create Clothes For Female Vets

Posted 01.03.2013 | Impact

"Project Runway All Stars" are outfitting some of their most deserving models yet. During an episode airing Jan. 3., the final four designers will...

Ladies, Start Your Start-up Engines

Nell Merlino | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Nell Merlino

Another Veterans Day has come and gone but it's time for us to realize that honoring all veterans should be something we are doing on a regular basis....

Mentor a Woman Veteran: Give Back to Those Who Have Given So Much

Deborah Frett | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Deborah Frett

While we should thank our veterans every day, collectively we as a nation all say thank you on Veterans Day, November 11. But many of us want to offer more than just a sincere "Thank You," we would like to do something.