Thursday, February 1, 2018

Military Transitions

Transitions are something that every person goes through at some point in life and while many are successful at navigating through the various phases of the lifespan, not all transitions are easy. When looking at the veteran population, women are the fastest growing group among the veteran population (Women Veterans Health Care, n.d.) within an environment that is traditionally and overwhelmingly male, and constructed from a hypermasculine military culture (Strong, Crowe & Lawson, 2017). Although women are a part of an ever-increasing population, few research studies actually focus primarily on women veterans and in comparison, to male veterans, are understudied (Demers, 2013). The majority of research that currently exists in relation to this subpopulation, explores the utilization of Veterans Administration (VA) health services, posttraumatic stress disorder, trauma, sexual assault and harassment (2013). While these are all vital topics that warrant the research, these are not the only themes or concerns that impact the women veteran population. One such gap in the research concerns the point in which female service members leave active duty and resume their roles as a civilian and according to a report from the Department of Labor (DOL), women veterans are not only a forgotten population, but are also younger, more highly educated, more likely to be of minority status, and more likely to be in the civilian labor force than male veterans (DOL, n.d.). For reasons such as these, its important to not only make sure our local communities are aware of this specific population, but it's also important to cultivate more community resources that target this population.

Demers, A. L. (2013). From death to life: Female veterans, identity negotiation, and reintegration into society. Journal of humanistic psychology, 53(4), 489-515.
Fact Sheet: Women Veterans “DOL” (n.d). Retrieved December 20, 2017, from
Strong, J. D., Crowe, B. M., & Lawson, S. (2017). Female Veterans: Navigating Two Identities. Clinical Social Work Journal, 1-8.
Women Veterans Health Care. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2016, from

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