Transition to Civilian Life Challenging for Homeless Female Vets
The number of women who become homeless after leaving the military had doubled in the last decade to about 6,500 nationwide by the fall of 2010, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“A lot of homeless shelters for veterans do not accept women, much less women with children,” said Genevieve Chase, founder and executive director of American Women Veterans, a nonprofit advocacy group in Washington, D.C. “They’ve just been falling through the cracks.”
The fastest growing segment of the homeless veteran population is women with children, Chase said.
Chase, an Afghan war veteran, believes more resources for female veterans are needed.
“I’m extremely worried that what we’re doing isn’t going to happen fast enough to help the women who need it,” Chase said.