A Voice for Women Veterans

by Latifa Lyles on January 29, 2013 · 68 comments

Earlier this month, I was honored to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a congresswoman from Illinois. As a helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, she lost both her legs and the partial use of one arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack.

A record 98 women − 101 counting nonvoting members − now serve in the House and Senate. In addition to Rep. Duckworth, this year’s freshman class also includes Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii who served a tour in Iraq with the Army National Guard.

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Female service members representing different branches of the military participate in the unveiling of the Women's Bureau's trauma-informed care guide.

Reps. Duckworth and Gabbard are not only a testament to the growing number of women now serving in Congress, but to the record number of women returning home from service to their country.

In keeping with our vision to empower all working women to achieve economic security, the department’s Women’s Bureau has focused on helping women veterans who are homeless find a path to good jobs and financial security.

We joined forces with the Department of Veterans Affairs to sponsor a number of women-to-women “Stand Downs.” These events provided a safe environment for women veterans to access critical services for free, including medical care, job training and housing assistance.

And based on the bureau’s listening sessions with homeless women veterans, as well as our work with the organizations that serve them, we developed the Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers. The guide is designed to equip service providers with a deeper understanding of women veterans’ unique experiences and needs.

To ensure that service providers know how to use the guide, and other available resources to help homeless women veterans, the Women’s Bureau has been hosting round tables around the country. Participants have included representatives from homeless shelters, medical centers, community-based organizations, and state and federal organizations.

And through a recent webinar hosted by the Women’s Bureau, community and private health care providers learned how to tailor their programs and policies to better serve women veterans, such as treating them in settings that make them feel safe.

Leaders like Reps. Duckworth and Gabbard are amazing role models, and we hope they − along with the rest of Congress − will work to help our returning heroes reintegrate into civilian life. As President Obama said in his 2012 Veterans Day proclamation, it is our responsibility to ensure that returning veterans “can share in the opportunities they have given so much to defend.”

To learn more about the Women’s Bureau, visit www.dol.gov/wb.

Latifa Lyles is acting director of the department’s Women’s Bureau. 

{ 68 comments… read them below or add one }

1 indySmoke Clothing April 9, 2014 at 2:04 am

I think every veterans are heroes, hero for their country and nation, especially for woman veteran. They dedicate their lives for their country, it’s very asshammed if there is still neglected veteran, what a shamed

2 cincin kawin April 19, 2014 at 6:21 am

is the best for women veterans who are homeless find a path to good jobs and financial security

3 Supplier Baju Anak April 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm

indeed she was very good, I really like your article

4 Baju Rajut May 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

we must respect them, because they are hero for her country

5 klikabenetwork May 16, 2014 at 3:40 am

Returning veterans should be treated well and as heroes that they are. I am proud of these ladies! They struggle to fight the current world. I like ladies who are able to be a good example for everyone.

6 vsiwisatahati May 17, 2014 at 2:41 am

So Inspiring. thank for share. All of them are heroes.

7 sewa tenda murah May 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I agree with you baju rajut, we must respect they are hero

8 Berita Makassar May 19, 2014 at 5:15 am

hopefully this program can be a solid foundation for economic self-reliance for veterans

9 Free Manual Book Download June 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

Women veteran voice must be heard, don’t just hear from Man.. I totally agree with this

10 informasi terbaru July 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm

All veterans should get the support they deserve after service and throughout their lifetime. Its nice to see such moves are taking place in their support.

11 Required Travel Documents July 13, 2014 at 8:41 pm

So Inspiring. thank for share. All of them are heroes.

12 Bilal Shahzad July 25, 2014 at 9:16 am

Respect from Heart!!!!

13 balicontour July 30, 2014 at 9:12 pm

they are a beautiful woman and a strong veteran. respect

14 josua August 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm

they just like my mom who worked for me to feed me and to carry me with love

15 paket tour bali September 12, 2014 at 2:39 am

Good, because women veteran the heroes. We must nice responsibility to ensure that returning veterans.

16 Cincin Kawin September 19, 2014 at 6:30 am

Women veterans are those options that have been proven courage and passion to defend the country. They helped a lot in the field of civilian life, such as: inspiring, active in social activities, sharing experiences to younger generations, and others. But for some veterans who are less fortunate, there must be assurances welfare and activities, as compensation for the sacrifices that have been made​​. I salute to the author of the article, thank you.

17 ryan October 23, 2014 at 9:33 am

however, he is a hero to his country

18 Galaxytion October 30, 2014 at 5:25 am

wow.. he is hero.!

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