A Voice for Women Veterans

Filed in DOL, Women, Workforce Development by on January 29, 2013 66 Comments

Earlier this month, I was honored to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a congresswoman from Illinois. As a helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, she lost both her legs and the partial use of one arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack.

A record 98 women − 101 counting nonvoting members − now serve in the House and Senate. In addition to Rep. Duckworth, this year’s freshman class also includes Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii who served a tour in Iraq with the Army National Guard.

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Female service members representing different branches of the military participate in the unveiling of the Women's Bureau's trauma-informed care guide.

Reps. Duckworth and Gabbard are not only a testament to the growing number of women now serving in Congress, but to the record number of women returning home from service to their country.

In keeping with our vision to empower all working women to achieve economic security, the department’s Women’s Bureau has focused on helping women veterans who are homeless find a path to good jobs and financial security.

We joined forces with the Department of Veterans Affairs to sponsor a number of women-to-women “Stand Downs.” These events provided a safe environment for women veterans to access critical services for free, including medical care, job training and housing assistance.

And based on the bureau’s listening sessions with homeless women veterans, as well as our work with the organizations that serve them, we developed the Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers. The guide is designed to equip service providers with a deeper understanding of women veterans’ unique experiences and needs.

To ensure that service providers know how to use the guide, and other available resources to help homeless women veterans, the Women’s Bureau has been hosting round tables around the country. Participants have included representatives from homeless shelters, medical centers, community-based organizations, and state and federal organizations.

And through a recent webinar hosted by the Women’s Bureau, community and private health care providers learned how to tailor their programs and policies to better serve women veterans, such as treating them in settings that make them feel safe.

Leaders like Reps. Duckworth and Gabbard are amazing role models, and we hope they − along with the rest of Congress − will work to help our returning heroes reintegrate into civilian life. As President Obama said in his 2012 Veterans Day proclamation, it is our responsibility to ensure that returning veterans “can share in the opportunities they have given so much to defend.”

To learn more about the Women’s Bureau, visit www.dol.gov/wb.

Latifa Lyles is acting director of the department’s Women’s Bureau. 

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  1. Sherrie Adams says:

    This is definintely a move in the right direction. Another thing that needs to be addressed is domestic violence against women in the military and that it not be swept under the rug. I speak from experience because I was abused by another soldier in my unit and my chain of command from my 1SG to my platoon SGT to most of the people in my unit knew about the abuse and I couldn’t get help. Even when I asked for help from my 1SG by giving him an 11 page hand written detailed account of the abuse that I had been going through, he turned and gave it to my abuser and told him to deal with it. My abuse got swept under the rug and I have no doubt that there are so many other cases that have happened the same way or have ended up in the murder-suicide or just simply murder. This has to stop and how many other women or men (men are victims too) have to suffer before somebody says that it is enough and takes a stand to stop domestic violence in the miltiary? I have been out 12 years and still go through couseling.

  2. Samuel says:

    Excellent move. All veterans should get the support they deserve after service and throughout their lifetime. Its nice to see such moves are taking place in their support. I think by putting the message out more, more people will follow and support such moves.

  3. Today women empowerment is a great topic to discuss and it should be also. A great step by Department of Veterans Affairs also. Thanks for the information.

  4. Great record ! I`ll hope the number of women will grow more in future.

  5. Returning veterans should be treated well and as heroes that they are. Women in congress should increase as more women in legislation will temper the decisions and stance taken by the men.

  6. Samuel says:

    Just passed this on to a friend whom might be interested. Thanks for letting us know about this.

  7. Kenn says:

    This is a noteworthy pursuit by the Women’s Bureaua to make as much available resources to help homeless women veterans. Great job!

  8. manjunath says:

    true,good information thanks for posting

  9. Hello! Excellent article! Thanks Latifa for your particular perspective … Be well!

    Joshua Provoste

  10. Wow .. really a strong women. it showed their love for the country. so necessary a large appreciation especially from the government for the women veterans.

  11. Can i get the exact dataset analytics about this please? I am really interested

  12. Herbalife says:

    I think that any effort to help homeless veterans, both women and men, is valid to bring some dignity to them.

  13. Carolyn Turner says:

    I am looking forward to women veteran getting what was promised these when they swore us into service. I don’t feel it will happen in my lifetime

  14. A Voice for Women Veterans. hmmm.. nice title. and I think this is a great post. thanks for sharing

  15. Sofia says:

    In spite of many honors that address to nowadays’ women, there are still a lot of women abuse all around the world. I’ve often heard where a lot of women get divorced just few weeks or months after their wedding because their husbands treat them violently. So sad…

  16. Lee says:

    Inspiring. To think that a lot of women is still being abused overseas. This only proves that men and women are created equal.

  17. I like ladies who are able to be a good example for everyone

  18. Even I’m a man, I still give big respects to women especially to those who served the country more than herself.

  19. judi online says:

    how to use the guide ?

  20. obat stroke says:

    althrough veteran,
    voice a woman like a young spirit

  21. Terence says:

    Leaders of the caliber of Reps. Duckworth and Gabbard are role medels indeed. And the returning veterans deserve every award and a reward, especial women.

  22. John says:

    I am from Indonesia. It’s hard to find a community about veterans especially for woman veterans in my country. This website is great. I am glad to know this article. Keep writing.

  23. propertykita says:

    nice information about voice for women veterans :)

  24. Women in war is sometimes a controversy. However, when they become veterans, Gov should give them more than men.

  25. Desa Sannin says:

    I am proud of these ladies. they struggle to fight the current world. an award is very important to them. good info

  26. Timber Flooring Melbourne says:

    Brave women who fought for the country should be given a tribute and should be cared. Thanks to them! Thanks for sharing, it touched my heart a lot.

  27. Biebie Souvenir says:

    Women nowadays is really inspiring, those are the great women
    Thanks God for those women for being a role model for many of us.
    nice post ! keep sharing

  28. msdani says:

    very incredible woman, thanks for all of them

  29. Mediatech says:

    It’s hard to believe that there are still women veterans who are homeless in the USA.

  30. Rumah Minimalis says:

    Hello im from indonesia. Can I get a proper analysis of the data set on this please? I am really interested in all

  31. filter penjernih air says:

    thank you,
    I hope this article can provide inspiration for everyone to pay attention to women veterans

  32. Compare Game Console says:

    Interesting post.

    I’am very salute with women Today especially veteran. They strong enough to face it all :)

  33. Bandung Bikin Web says:

    This is the Powerfull of Women, not just their voices.
    I wish it will be done to for all human community

  34. SlabescSanatos says:

    I wish it will be done to for all human community, I am proud of these ladies! They struggle to fight the current world. I like ladies who are able to be a good example for everyone

  35. teguh waluya says:

    I strongly agree with this running program
    because is helps women veterans to get a decent job after they retire from the military and to reward them for the country if this program can be run across the country in the world

  36. Lensa Globe says:

    Great one.
    All veterans should get the support. Big Support.
    this is one of my best article i’ve read.
    i’m from indonesia.

  37. IMAMNOW.COM says:

    It’s hard to believe that there are still women veterans who are homeless in the USA.
    I wish it will be done to for all human community, I am proud of these ladies! They struggle to fight the current world. I like ladies who are able to be a good example for everyone

  38. setia says:

    Bravo for woman veteran

  39. Uma Sharma says:

    Today women empowerment is a great and topic for discussion everywhere as they are standing everywhere beside men. It should be also. A great step by Department of Veterans Affairs also.

  40. Syaifurrahman says:

    Thanks, for information.
    Returning veterans should be treated well and as heroes that they are. Women in congress should increase as more women in legislation will temper the decisions and stance taken by the men.

  41. Tipsmu-tipsku says:

    I like this point “….to empower all working women to achieve economic security”. Btw, we have the similar program in our country. This post broaden our insight concerning the women welfare. Thank you.

  42. Women veterans are those options that have been proven courage and passion to defend the country. They helped a lot in the field of civilian life, such as: inspiring, active in social activities, sharing experiences to younger generations, and others. But for some veterans who are less fortunate, there must be assurances welfare and activities, as compensation for the sacrifices that have been made​​. I salute to the author of the article, thank you.

  43. a trully heroes, really insipre us..

  44. 7LIVEASIA says:

    Leaders of the caliber of Reps. Duckworth and Gabbard are role medels indeed. And the returning veterans deserve every award and a reward, especial women.

  45. We are in emancipation era,so becoming veteran for woman is human right

  46. kebaya says:

    salute to the veteran women

  47. toko bunga surabaya says:

    thank for share!!
    woman veteran is important for the country future. a good inspiration for everybody.

  48. yovi niko says:

    Do not forget the women veterans services, they are also citizens, we must provide solutions to them so that they can re-live their social lives.

  49. cindy says:

    It is a very good way to help the woman veterans , I admire this article

  50. I think every veterans are heroes, hero for their country and nation, especially for woman veteran. They dedicate their lives for their country, it’s very asshammed if there is still neglected veteran, what a shamed

  51. cincin kawin says:

    is the best for women veterans who are homeless find a path to good jobs and financial security

  52. indeed she was very good, I really like your article

  53. Baju Rajut says:

    we must respect them, because they are hero for her country

  54. Returning veterans should be treated well and as heroes that they are. I am proud of these ladies! They struggle to fight the current world. I like ladies who are able to be a good example for everyone.

  55. So Inspiring. thank for share. All of them are heroes.

  56. I agree with you baju rajut, we must respect they are hero

  57. hopefully this program can be a solid foundation for economic self-reliance for veterans

  58. Free Manual Book Download says:

    Women veteran voice must be heard, don’t just hear from Man.. I totally agree with this

  59. informasi terbaru says:

    All veterans should get the support they deserve after service and throughout their lifetime. Its nice to see such moves are taking place in their support.

  60. So Inspiring. thank for share. All of them are heroes.

  61. Respect from Heart!!!!

  62. balicontour says:

    they are a beautiful woman and a strong veteran. respect

  63. josua says:

    they just like my mom who worked for me to feed me and to carry me with love

  64. Good, because women veteran the heroes. We must nice responsibility to ensure that returning veterans.

  65. Cincin Kawin says:

    Women veterans are those options that have been proven courage and passion to defend the country. They helped a lot in the field of civilian life, such as: inspiring, active in social activities, sharing experiences to younger generations, and others. But for some veterans who are less fortunate, there must be assurances welfare and activities, as compensation for the sacrifices that have been made​​. I salute to the author of the article, thank you.

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