Fastest growing homeless population: Female veterans

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The plight of female veterans in the United States has gone unnoticed and unchallenged far too long.

The Mirror reports that female veterans are four times more likely to become homeless than civilian women. It shares the truly devastating stories of numerous female veterans struggling to make ends meet while coping with the post-traumatic stress of war and the sexual assault that comes along with being a female in the military.

US Air Force veteran Lurae Horse was a 19-year-old B-29 bomber mechanic when she was raped by an anonymous member of her squadron. She never reported the brutal sexual assault. ”I just pulled up my pants and went back to work.”

They note that women who have been sexually assaulted are especially at risk, often floundering in society and remaining hidden, even living in their cars and motels.

When one female vet, Paula Anderson, told her US Army commander that she had been drugged and raped by a fellow soldier, she was shipped off to Korea.

Alishaa Dell, 25, spent five years in the US Navy. “I am worth so much f_king more than what I got paid to do in the military. I got tired of getting sand kicked in my eyes for doing what I was supposed to do.” She is still not ready to discuss her military sexual trauma.

Darlene Matthews has been living in her car for over two years while she waits for a housing voucher from the VA. She joined the US Army in 1976 and was sent to Fort McLellan, Alabama. ”I was going to join this all women’s army and there would be no sexual problems, but I joined and there were sexual problems.”

See the full article with photos of veterans here.

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