• Its estimate that as of September 2017, that 1.8 million of the 20.8 million or 8.7 percent of the veterans within the United States are women. 
  • The largest cohort of female veterans come from the Post 9/11 generation (time period after September 2001 to the present).
  • Females veterans are more racially and ethnically diverse than male veterans and also hold a median age of 50 while male veterans have a median age of 65.
  • A higher percentage of female veterans live in poverty, have service connected disabilities and no income in comparison to male veterans.
  • California is one of the top 3 states for having the highest number of female veterans.

Los Angeles

In 2015, the City of Los Angeles released an executive directive (Executive Directive No. 11)  that acknowledging that gender based disparities exist and that more responsibility and action must be taken to address the disadvantages experienced by women. In a collaboration between the City of Los Angeles and Mount Saint Mary's University, the 2015 report titled, "The Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles" details some significant findings that impact our local community here in Los Angeles. Some of the findings include:
  • Out of an estimated 108,000 veterans within the city limits, 6 percent are women when compared at the national level.
  • 56 percent of female veterans are women of color and 25 percent are under the age of 35.
  • Female veterans tend to be better educated (33% have a bachelors degree or higher) and less than 7 percent have less than a high school degree.
  • Even though female veterans tend to be better educated, in the City of Los Angeles, female veterans not only make less than their male counterparts, but also make less than the national median income for employed U.S. female veterans.
  • In Los Angeles Country, for females who have served after September 2001, 60 percent report experiencing sexual harassment, and 38 percent report experiencing sexual assault.
  • The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Results reports that on any given night, 4,828 veterans experience homelessness and this is a 57 percent increase from 2016 when it was reported to be 3,071.

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