Did You Know?

The Issues Facing Our Female Veterans?


  1. Veterans represent 11% of the adult civilian population, but 26% of the homeless population, according to the Homeless Research Institute (2007)

  2. The number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans, male and female, is greater than the number of soldiers who died during the war

  3. Weak social networks due to problems adjusting to civilian life

  4. About 70% of homeless veterans suffer from substance abuse problems

  5. 45% of homeless veterans suffer from mental illness including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  6. 19% of Iraq veterans report a mental health problem, and more than 11% of Afghanistan veterans.

  7. Roughly 56% of all homeless veterans are African-American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 12.8% and 15.4% of the U.S. population respectively

  8. Nearly half a million (467,877) veterans are severely rent burdened and paying more than 50% of their income for rent. More than half (55%) of veterans with severe housing cost burden fell below the poverty level and 43% receive food stamps

  9. Female veterans are four times more likely to:  a) identify themselves as a racial minority, b) have lower incomes, c) be unemployed, and d) younger than their male counterparts

  10. Female service members are 14 percent of the active duty force and  percent of the National Guard and Reserve.

  11. 13. 53% experienced Military Sexual Trauma



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