Thursday, February 28, 2013

Welcome Home, Female Veterans

Welcome home female veterans.

Sent to fight illegal and immoral wars based on falsehoods, and serving in a system that condones and maybe even countenances rape, they now try to live under the burden of traumatic stress and become homeless after coming home.

Is this a great country or what?

[Even as the Pentagon lifts the ban on women in combat roles, returning servicewomen are facing a battlefield of a different kind: they are now the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, an often-invisible group bouncing between sofa and air mattress, overnighting in public storage lockers, living in cars and learning to park inconspicuously on the outskirts of shopping centers to avoid the violence of the streets.

While male returnees become homeless largely because of substance abuse and mental illness, experts say that female veterans face those problems and more, including the search for family housing and an even harder time finding well-paying jobs. But a common pathway to homelessness for women, researchers and psychologists said, is military sexual trauma, or M.S.T., from assaults or harassment during their service, which can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.]

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