Resources for female service members, vets

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Resources for female service members, vets

by: Kim Suchek | .
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published: March 20, 2013

Hello military community,

Over the last couple of weeks, I really enjoyed writing about great warrior women to honor Women’s History Month. I hope you all enjoyed reading them. On a twist, it would be great to hear from you. Do you have a female friend or family member that was a leader, warrior, and service member in one of the past or present wars? I would like to highlight a few for next week’s article.

For this week I was thinking of women veterans and the array of issues they face during and after serving in the military. Here are a few resources for past, present and future female service members and their families. 

The Center for Women Veterans:  This organization assures women veterans receive benefits and services on a par with male veterans, encounter no discrimination in their attempt to access these services, and are treated with respect and dignity by VA service providers. It acts as the primary advisor to the Secretary for Veterans’ Affairs on all matters related to programs, issues, and initiatives for women veterans. www.va.gov/womenvet.

Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) National Peer Support Helpline: 1-888-729-2089 www.servicewomen.org or peersupport@servicewomen.org.

Women Veterans of America (WVA):  WVA was created for women veterans and the families and friends who support them. On this site you can learn about women veterans’ health issues, information on military sexual trauma and the balancing of motherhood with service. The site will help you understand military benefits and direct you toward organizations and resources advocating for women veterans. http://www.womenveteransofamerica.com/

Warrior Care:  This site hopes to set an example for military well-being, and serves as a portal to various resources ranging from specific programs to sources of information. Whether you are currently active-duty military, veteran, a family member or a concerned neighbor, the links on this site will provide answers to your questions or ideas for where to turn next. www.warriorcare.mil.

National Resource Directory:  A revitalized Department of Labor online directory promises access to “thousands” of services and resources for wounded troops, veterans, and their families. The National Resource Directory provides links to national, state and local sources that support “recover, rehabilitation and community re-integration.” The site offers information for vets seeking education, training and employment. It also provides help for employers who want to hire veterans, understand employment laws and make workplace accommodations for disabled vets. http://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov.

Department of Veteran Affairs:  Resource for providing jobs to veterans who are seeking VA opportunities. These job postings are ONLY open to veterans and related job status. http://www.va.gov/vecs.

Military Franchising (JOBS):  If you are looking to earn extra income on the side and operate a business out of your home, a home-based franchise may interest you. This website is a list of home-based franchise opportunities for military spouses and veterans. http://www.militaryfranchising.com/spouse/default.aspx.

Veterans Assistance Foundation:  Operates programs designed to assist homeless or at-risk veterans maintain or improve their status in society by providing a safe and secure environment through which they can access a wide array of services. vafvets.org.

Veterans & Families United:  Assists with physical and mental issues with service members. http://www.veteransfamiliesunited.org/how_to_get_help.html.
And the last organization I wanted to discuss is Lawyers for Warriors, This organization was created after a soldier was shot through the neck in Afghanistan and was paralyzed. While in the hospital, he was served with foreclosure papers. In cases such as this one, service members who are deployed often do not have someone watching over their interests and/or had the wrong person. They find themselves scared, alone and not having anyone to turn to for help or are afraid to ask. This organization is dedicated to remedying this problem. Lawyers for Warriors is a 501 ©3 organization which provides pro bono legal services to members of the United States Armed Forces, especially those who are deployed to hostile fire zones. After identifying troops needing legal assistance, Lawyers for Warriors will pair the warrior with an attorney specializing in that area of law. www.lawyersforwarriors.org.

If you find you need legal assistance, please do not wait to ask for help. I hope these resources can bring you and your families’ peace. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Blessing from my family to yours.

Kim Sucheck

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at Kim@MilitaryResourceBooks.com and visit my website for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.