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Posted on Mar 29, 2021
Lt Col Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program Manager
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Lt Col Charlie Brown
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I have been working with some homeless women veterans as well as some who have ended up in veterans' courts.
There are a number of resources but unfortunately, getting the word out seems to be difficult

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Lt Col Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program Manager
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Absolutely agree. As a community, I think we all need to take advantage of any opportunity to amplify this message. Thanks for all you do to support homeless women veterans!
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SGT Lorenzo Nieto
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Thank you for your story, women who served should get the same respect as me if not more, at one time in the history of this country they were left behind to work in the home, when there county called they stepped up and served in more than one way I guess sometimes we as men don’t see it that way, hats off to The Who served in and outside of the home.
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SGT Air Defense Radar Repairer
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this statement " 1 in 5 women report having been a victim of Military Sexual Trauma". Is extremely low. A lot is going to have to change in the executive suites as women veterans are getting shortchanged. I've seen my local VA run off two very good female providers. Support groups for female veterans don't exist. It took me 5 years of lobbying to get a support group for LGBT veterans. Then Covid happened and everything went out the door. Instead of taking care of the people they are supposed to they abdicated their responsibility for care. The VA ignored its at risk populations and that cost the life of a female Vet that I knew who took her own life.

The VA has to become more accessible to those it serves. This 0845 to 1645 has to go out the door. The VA needs longer hours . How does a woman with a family and job supposed to find time for a support group. Its time for the VA to rethink how it provides care. BTW this telehealth may be fine for young folks but old folks either don't have computers, don't understand how to use them or like myself would rather have face to face meetings. I mean who wants to discuss intimate issues, feelings, fear or other issues over such insecure platforms as Zoom, Duo or Facebook. I've talked many times with folks at my VA and these folks are at home. They have me on a speaker and you can hear the kids and everyone else in the background so how is this information private. I mean how many people are listening in and just how secure is their computer and connection.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done and until the Old Boys Club is done away with nothing will happen.
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Lt Col Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program Manager
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SGT (Join to see) many great points! And I didn’t even consider how the “normal working hours” of the VA could be a greater barrier for women. For single parents that are veterans, this number is largely women vs men. Since women vets are most likely to be a single parent than a male vet, I think there are a few secondary issues we need to start considering. I can see how limited hours for primary care would be a huge barrier for single partners in general.
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SGT Air Defense Radar Repairer
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Lt Col (Join to see) - There is a lot to be done. There is also a lot of stonewalling from the executive suite and department heads. Took me 5 years to get a LGBT support group authorized. Quite frankly there are many LGBT Vets who have walked away form the VA due to the treatment they received from the VA. Uncalled for. The lack of women support groups are also troubling. Lives are being lost because the VA is failing at their mission.
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Maj Alea Nadeem
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Lt Col (Join to see) thank you for highlighting that women serving in our military is only increasing and how we need to start looking at what the veteran woman will look like post service and how we can try and get after these issues early.
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Lt Col Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program Manager
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Thank you so much Maj Alea Nadeem ! I appreciate all you do day-to-day for our members currently serving!
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