Saturday, November 1, 2014


DAV has issued a new report on women veterans in transition from military service:  Women Veterans: the Long Journey Home. The report recommendations were gathered from across the federal government about programs designed for transitioning veterans, with the focus on whether they are meeting the needs of the ever-growing number of women counted among our armed services members.  Women are now serve in significant numbers in the U.S. military, making up 20% of new recruits, 14.5% of the personnel serving on active duty and 18% of the National Guard and reserve forces.  About 2.4 million women are veterans.

The DAV found  that VA, DoD and other agencies are falling short in their responsibilities to ensure that being a woman coming out of the military does not serve as a bar to the services and benefits she needs to obtain a successful transition to civilian life.  All veterans earned these services and deserve to receive them, without barriers or delays.

DAV makes 27 key recommendations for changes in policies and programs in VA, DoD, DOL, HUD and other agencies that, if implemented, would begin to bring equality of service provided to women veterans in transition.  Click here to access a complete list of DAV's issue briefs. These issues will comprise a major policy and legislative agenda of any Congressional body I am a member of.

Some of the key problems:

VA and DoD are still not fully prepared to provide equitable access to the gender-specific care and services that women need, even as the demand for such care increases.

One in five women enrolled in VA health care screen positive for MST, but 31% of VA medical centers and CBOCs can’t provide adequate services.

VA and DoD have difficulty providing gender-specific peer support, group therapy, and specialized inpatient mental health care designed to meet the needs and preferences of women.

Women who have lost one or more limbs may not receive support and care tailored to their needs. And women are less likely to have a prosthetic that fits properly.

Post-9/11 women veterans have higher unemployment rates than male veterans and non-veteran women. Challenges in the labor market are exacerbated by medical and mental health concerns.

Women veterans are at least twice as likely to be homeless as non-veteran women. Women veterans are also more likely to be single parents with one or more dependents.

Bob Conaway urges Paul Cook to FULLY support the DAV agenda. I will take  up the fight for our returning soldiers, sailors & marines without regard to their gender.

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  1. I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don’t know how to cook or clean, don’t want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?

    American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.

    This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.


    1. I don't share your view, but know of people that have married women from other cultures and nations--some with success (as they defined it) and some not, but certainly not enough to make any general conclusions. I have been married just shy of 40 years to the same extraordinary woman so my experience has been quite different.