Over two million women nationwide and over 170,000 women in California have served in the U.S. military. Unfortunately, many do not identify as veterans and do not seek out the services and benefits they’ve earned. A recent Veterans’ Affairs (VA) study found that women underutilize available services, largely due to a lack of knowledge about available services.
In order to address this issue, the California Department of Veterans’ Affairs (CalVet), Army OneSource, the Women Veterans Alliance, and women veterans from across the state has formed the California Womens Veterans Leadership Council (CalWVLC). aims to heighten awareness of the issues faced by female service members and veterans across California and address issues such as increased suicide rates, military sexual trauma, affordable family housing, employment opportunities, and healthcare.
Find more information at www.calvet.ca.gov.