According to WomensHealth.gov, there will be 1.9 million women veterans in the year 2020. Of those women, many will have disabling conditions. The most commonly reported disabling conditions include amputations, traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. In addition, 23 of every 100 women veterans report military sexual trauma, also known as MST.
With the growing numbers of disabled women returning home from deployment, there is also a growing need for support organizations that provide services to these veterans. The following are organizations that can provide help to women veterans, their families and caregivers.
After Deployment is an organization that offers online assessments, workshops and an e-library for military members who are feeling depressed. Their mission is to assist military members better understand their moods and to provide information that empowers them to get the help they need for themselves in all aspects of their lives.
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The Amputee Coalition's mission is to empower and advocate for individuals who have suffered limb loss. They provide a toll-free hotline for individuals who have lost limbs, as well as their caregivers
. They also provide assistance in providing educational programs and materials to the general public, service organizations, physicians and individuals to assist them in understanding issues involving amputees.
Army Whips is a social networking website for any branch of the military, not just Army. Members can connect with friends, share photos, music and stories. It provides a way for military members to get support from fellow soldiers whether they are active or retired.
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The Blinded Veterans Association serves any blind
veteran, whether they became blind during their service or after. All of the field representatives from the BVA are blind veterans and are uniquely qualified to assist newly blind individuals and their families or caregivers in locating the services they need including VA Blind Rehab
ilitation Services, VA claims when needed and employment training and placement.
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The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center helps military soldiers who have sustained traumatic brain injuries during their deployment. The DVBIC helps to coordinate care through a network of medical providers, from the initial injury in a war zone through returning home, and eventually, the workplace when possible.
The Center for Minority Veterans offers assistance to eligible minority military members in finding benefits, services and programs offered through the Veteran's Administration.
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The mission of the Center for Women Veterans is to "monitor and coordinate the VA's administration of health care, benefits services and programs", act as an advocate for "cultural transformation", and to raise awareness of treating women veterans with dignity and respect. The center is a resource and referral center for veteran women, their families and their caregivers.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD provides information on women veterans who have or are at risk for Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder. This website provides a variety of resources to get help, as well as a list of phone numbers of therapists and websites that offer further support for PTSD.
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The Casualty Assistance group offers wounded soldiers and military families support and offers assistance in understanding benefits and assessing eligibility for entitlements.
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Heroes to Hometowns provides a support network for military members who are no longer able to serve because of injuries they have sustained during war. Support may include financial assistance for paying bills, locating suitable housing, mobility equipment, transportation for medical treatment, educational assistance and more.
The Women Veterans Health Care organization provides information about services available to women military members ranging from comprehensive primary care to rehab
ilitation, mental health
, and treatment for military sexual trauma.
The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project
is "to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members."