Women Veterans face a different set of challenges. Women Veteran Interactive (WVI) created Operation Safety Net. Operation Safety Net (OSN) is a unique program that provides emergency funding for women veterans who are homeless and at risk of being homeless.
"About Women Veterans Interactive
Women Veterans Interactive (WVI) was created to address the unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nation’s 1.8 million woman veterans as they return to civilian life. WVI has members spanning 12 states providing outreach and support services to more than 1,000 women veterans.
WVI focuses on meeting women veterans at their point of need while breaking down the barriers leading to homelessness. Our mission is to, “Meet Women Veterans through Advocacy, Empowerment, Interaction, Outreach and Unification – AEIOU”
The number of homeless female veterans has more than doubled, from 1,380 to 3,328, between fiscal year 2006 and fiscal year 2010, according to a December U.S. Government Accountability Office report that found many with young children and nearly two-thirds between ages 40 and 59.
Nationally there is not nearly enough housing for women veterans and their children, who are homeless and at risk of being homeless. Female veterans make up about 8 percent of all veterans, or about 1.8 million, compared with just 4 percent in 1990."