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Center for Women Veterans (CWV)

 

Opportunities and Resources for Women Veterans

This section provides information about select resources for women Veterans.  The Department of Veterans Affairs does not sponsor or endorse any non-governmental organization listed.  Thousands of national, state, and local resources are available for Veterans, wounded warriors, service members, survivors, their families, and caregivers; search for those best for you on the National Resource Directory.

Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of benefits and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Some of these benefits may be utilized while on active duty.  These benefits are codified in Title 38 of the United States Code.  This booklet contains a summary of these benefits.

In the Spotlight … Housing Instability

As the number of women serving in the military has increased, female Veterans have become the fastest growing demographic External link to a non-government website in America’s homeless community.  VA and community providers offer a range of resources to meet the unique needs of women Veterans who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

  • Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—and their family members, friends and supporters—can make the call to or chat online with the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, where trained counselors are ready to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:  877-4AID-VET
  • Family housing and wraparound support with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH).  Designed to provide permanent housing to chronically homeless Veterans, female and disabled Veterans with dependent children are among HUD-VASH’s priority populations.  Unlike grant-based housing programs, HUD-VASH provides eligible Veterans with housing subsidies that can be used to securing housing options that can accommodate an entire family instead of a single person.
  • Child care subsidies and rapid rehousing through Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF).  The SSVF program has awarded grants to organizations that provide supportive services to very low income Veterans, survivors of domestic violence and those struggling with mental health conditions and addictions, as well as their family members.  This program can be particularly helpful for single mothers, who can find rapid rehousing assistance through the program and use SSVF subsidies to cover child care costs that could otherwise be a prohibitive employment and housing barrier.
  • Employment and professional development opportunities through Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services (HVCES).  Amongst homeless women Veterans who have access to VA services, 77 percent are unemployed.  HVCES helps businesses and industry identify, interview and hire job-ready Veterans exiting homelessness, and pairs this employment emphasis with wraparound services to address the root causes of homelessness and help Veterans maintain long-term stable employment.
  • The Ms. Veteran America External link to a non-government website pageant raises awareness of the strength and resilience of women Veterans and calls attention to the needs of homeless women Veterans; proceeds provide housing for homeless women Veterans and their children through Final Salute External link to a non-government website.
  • A series of articles External link to a non-government website have explored both the challenges women Veterans face – and local efforts to serve this population in cities that include Asheville, NC External link to a non-government website; Cleveland, OH External link to a non-government website; and Augusta, ME External link to a non-government website.
  • Since housing instability and food insecurity almost always go hand in hand, VHA recently entered into a partnership with Feeding America; the Veterans Pantry Project External link to a non-government website will provide food assistance to Veterans onsite at VA Medical Centers.
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Health

VA provides primary and specialty health care — including reproductive health care and 7 days of newborn care — to women Veterans.  Women Veteran Program Managers are available at each VA medical center nationwide to advise, advocate, and coordinate care for women Veterans.  More information is available on the Women Veterans Health Care website.

VA also offers prosthetic and sensory aids services specifically for women Veterans.  Learn more »

Housing Stability

VA has services for women Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Get information about VA programs and serivces to end homelessness among women Veterans.

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

MST is the term that VA uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military.  Get more information on VA services and benefits related to MST.  The Department of Defense (DoD) also provides Sexual Assault Support External link to a non-government website for the DoD community.

Rural Veterans

The VHA Office of Rural Health works to optimize the use of available and emerging technologies, establish new access points to care, and employ strategies to increase health care options for all rural Veterans.

Veterans who reside in rural communities that need a ride should contact the Veterans Transportation Mobility Manager at their local VA medical center.  Veterans or caregivers can go to the Veterans Transportation Service website and view the appropriate state or scroll down the page for the contact information at participating VA medical centers.

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Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs)

VA provides an online list of VSOs as an information service by the Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Some VSOs have programs for or research on women Veterans, including the DAV External link to a non-government website.

Volunteering and Civic Engagement Opportunities