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Proud to Serve!

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Transcript of Proud to Serve!

by: Amanda G. Dodd
St. Edwards University
Mother, daughter, sister, wife, helper...Veteran.

Common Health Problems among Female Veterans
Military Women's Life Events and Well-Being: A Life Course Model
Military Sexual Trauma
Varying reports of between 4 - 78% of all female veterans have experienced Military Sexual Trauma
Proud to Serve, but...
Veteran identity centrality - meaning if female veteran "feels" like a veteran.

Positive Regard for Veteran Identity - feeling positive about their experiences in the military. Positive regard for veteran identity is positively associated with likelihood of continuing mental health treatment.
Who is the woman Veteran?
Women represent 15% of today's active duty military
56% of women Veterans using VA care have a service connected disability.
1 in 5 women seen by the VA health care respond "yes" when screened for Military Sexual Trauma*.
Women are the fastes growing segment of homeless Veteran Population*.
Women comprise nealy 12% of service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Despite the fact that women have served in every United States military conflict since the American Revolution, they were not recognized as Veterans at the time that President Abraham Lincoln urged Congress to authorize Veterans benefits assistance.
Women in War
Segal, M. W., & Lane, M. D. (2016). Conceptual Model of Military Women's Life Events and Well-Being. Military Medicine, 181(1 Suppl), 12-19. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-15-00345
Pain management
Coping with chronic medical conditions
Sleep disturbances
Weight management
515 Women completed a survey through the VA Health Care. The following six services were reported as most frequently needed and emerged as priorities.
The Department of Veteran's Affairs defines Military Sexual Trauma (or MST) refers to experiences of sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that a occurred during military service. Includes any sexual activity where a Servicemember is involved against his/her will.
exploring the experiences & realities of female veterans
A Profile of Women Veterans Today. Women's Health Services, Department of Veteran Affairs. Available at http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH/docs/ProfileSheet_073113_508c.pdf
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