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  • Don't abandon our female veterans to staggering risk of suicide

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    Earlier this month, the Department of Veterans Affairs released an updated version of its “Veteran Suicide Statistics by State” report, the most comprehensive examination of veteran suicide in American history which analyzed over 55 million records from 1979 to 2014 from all 50 states and four territories.

    One of the most staggering public health statistics in this report was the rate of female veterans’ suicide rate: 250 percent higher than civilian women.

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  • Belonging and Support: Women Veterans’ Perceptions of Veteran Service Organizations

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  • Suicide among female veterans up 85%

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    RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Since 9/11 it’s not uncommon to see women in conflict areas around the world. Their numbers in the military have increased, and a new study shows their problems associated with war, too, have increased.

    A comprehensive study from the Department of Veterans Affairs shows the suicide rate among women vets has increased 85 percent over the last 25 years.

    “You had to be really tough, you know. You couldn't take anything less than excellence,” says Dawn Lafferty.

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  • Study: Military service narrows racial wage gap among women

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    Serving in the military can boost women’s future earnings and quash significant racial and ethnic disparities in pay, a new study has found.

    While white women traditionally make thousands more each year than their black, Hispanic and Native American peers, a recent report out of Florida State University shows that veteran women of color out-earn same-race nonveterans and also make more than white women who have not served in the military. Veteran women of all races earn about 8 percent more than nonveteran women.  

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  • Women Veterans Changing VA Care Practices

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    IRON MOUNTAIN — The fastest growing demographic in today’s military is women. They make up 14% of America’s active duty personnel.

    The number of women Veterans using VA services skyrocketed in recent years, from 159,000 in the year 2000, to 390,000 in 2013.

    “When you think about those 13 years, you’ve had 9/11, we’ve had a surge in enlistments” said Brad Nelson, public affairs officer at Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. “Correspondingly then with more women in the military, they get out and now we have an increase in women Veteran’s seeking VA care.”

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  • Lawmakers introduce bill to expand VA services for Female Veterans

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    WASHINGTON – A few years after Army Reserve veteran Kate Hoit returned home from a yearlong deployment to Iraq in 2005, she sought medical treatment at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital, where she was made to feel like she didn’t quite belong.

    “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called ‘Mr. Hoit’ or [was] stopped while navigating my way through VA hospital halls,” Hoit said. “For the record, I’m not lost. I have an appointment. I – we – belong here, too.”

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  • Facilitating Reentry: A Look at a Campus Give to Support Female Veterans

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    The Walmart Foundation's $500,000 grant to Boston University to launch the Women Veterans Network (WoVeN), represents a confluence of two timely trends across the modern philanthropy space. First, the robust efforts from corporate funders to reintegrate veterans into society, and two, the emergence of the college campus as the epicenter for such efforts.

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  • After the war: Female veterans fight military sexual trauma at home

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    RICHMOND, Va. -- They leave their families, giving their time, talents and skills to protect others. But when veterans, especially women, come home, there is a battle they often fight alone.

    "There have been several times where I have gone to a clinic, and waiting in the waiting room, and they call me to be seen, and they say 'Mr.' I’m not a mister. I am Ms. Wheeler," Kenya Wheeler shared.

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  • White House: Obama supports registering women for military draft

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    WASHINGTON — President Obama supports requiring women to register for Selective Service when they turn 18 — becoming the first president to endorse universal draft registration since Jimmy Carter.

    "As old barriers for military service are being removed, the administration supports — as a logical next step — women registering for the Selective Service," said Ned Price, a spokesman for Obama's National Security Council.

    The White House had previously expressed neutrality on the controversy, but took a position in a statement to USA TODAY on Thursday.

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  • Sexual assault in military tied to veterans' homelessness

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    New research finds that troops who are sexually assaulted are at higher risk for homelessness, with males in greater jeopardy than females.

    A study published online Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, mirrors earlier research on the association between military sexual assault and suicide: A study published last year indicated that suicidal thoughts and behavior are more prevalent in males who were sexually assaulted while on active duty than females.

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