On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the National Association of American Veterans, Inc. President and CEO Constance A. Burns attended a breakfast briefing sponsored by the Women’s Policy, Inc., Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in cooperation with Representatives Kristi, Noem, and Doris Matsui, Co-Chairs; Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues and Representatives Susan Brooks and Lois Frankel, Vice-Chairs; Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues to discuss “Returning Home: Health Challenges Facing Women Veterans Following Deployment” at the Rayburn House Office Building.
This briefing presented information on the problems facing women Veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The guest speakers representing women Veterans expressed other military combat indicators such as post-traumatic stress, depression, suicide, and sexual trauma and suggested that the rates may be higher among women Veterans than the government has forecast.
More than half of the 2.6 million American sent to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with mental and physical health problems resulting from their military service, thinking that they are disconnected from reintegration back into civilian life, and believing that the government is not meeting their needs, according to a poll conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The poll found that the wars have caused mental and emotional health problems in 31 percent of Veterans—more than 80,000 of them. When more specific questions were asked, the rates increased: 41 percent—more than 1 million—report having outbursts of anger, and 45 percent have relationship problems with their spouse.
Left to right: Cindy Hall, President, Women’s Policy, Inc.; Allison Jaslow, Chief of Staff, (IAVA); Shurhonda Love, Assistant National Legislative Director, (DAV); and Kayla M. Williams, Director, Center for Women Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs
For more information about this briefing, please contact Women’s Policy, Inc., 409 12th Street, SW Suite 702, Washington, DC 20024; (202) 554-2323 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.