There’s been a backlog and issues with veterans disability at the the Department of Veterans Affairs for years. The promises to help fix these problems and speed the process up have slowly started to come to fruition, but one prominent advocacy group said female veterans still need far more help after they return home.
Military.com said Disabled American Veterans released a report that highlighted more than two-dozen changes needed to ensure female veterans are getting the same treatment as male vets. As it stands, women face a higher rate of unemployment and homelessness compared with non-veterans.
Shockingly, one-in-five female veterans said they experienced sexual trauma while serving, which could very well contribute to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Recommended changes from the group include improved healthcare, better disability compensation, transition assistance, housing and employment assistance. Numbers from Military.com found that women make up 20 percent of new recruits, 14.5 percent of those in active military duty and 18 percent of the reserve force. There have been nearly 300,000 women who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001.
The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates represents veterans of both genders, as both deserve equal veterans benefits. Female veterans can sometimes have unique medical issues that require special attention and proof in order to obtain VA disability benefits. We are ready, willing and able to assist with their claims.