DAV report focuses on issues women vets face

Eric Dehm
September 14, 2018 - 2:17 pm

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Perdue

One in four female veterans report they suffered sexual trauma while serving in the military. That's according to a new comprehensive report released by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). The report, titled "Women Veterans: The Journey Ahead" focuses on the unique issues faced by women vets. It also includes a list of 45 key recommendations addressing a variety of issues including: 

  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
  • Homelessness
  • Prosthetics
  • Maternity Care

Joy Ilem, National Legislative Director for DAV,says the report highlights the unique concerns facing the fastest growing segment of the veteran community, concerns that are simply not fully addressed by a VA that was created, and has functioned for decades, primarily with men in mind. This report is the second of its kind undertaken by DAV, and Ilem says the difference between the first and most recent show change is occuring.

"Things are definitely trending in the right direction," Ilem said during an appearance on the Morning Briefing radio show. "From our first report we made 27 recommendations and about 24 have either been completed, in whole or in part, or are in progress. So we are moving forward, but with the new report we have 45 new recommendations so there is more work to be done, we're gonna have to keep pushing and keeping this issue in the forefront."

To view the report, visit DAVWomenVeterans.org

You can hear the full interview with DAV's Joy Ilem below. Click Play to stream now or click Share and select Download to listen later.

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