Today we honor women and men who have served in the military and thank them for their service. Please take a moment to show your appreciation for any Veteran you see today–and from this day forward.
For many of us, when we think of Veterans, we think men. However, women, many of them Sisters of color, have served with honor and many have had their lives to change in negative ways as a result of their service. According to the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs:
- The current projected percentage of U.S. Veterans who are women is more than 8 percent.
- In FY 2009, the average age of women Veterans was 48 years, compared to 63 years for their male counterparts.
- In FY 2009 and FY 2010 PTSD, hypertension, and depression were the top three diagnostic categories for women Veterans treated by VHA.
- About 1 in 5 women seen in VHA respond “yes” when screened for Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
Let’s give a special shout out to our Sisters that are serving and have served in the military!