Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Failing female veterans
Thousands of female veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being sexually assaulted while serving are facing a "second battle" as they try to secure the compensation and benefits to which they are entitled from the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a recent story in The Washington Post.
This is an unacceptable situation, and getting worse. An estimated one in four women in the military have been sexually harassed or assaulted. About 10 percent of veterans, 2.2 million, are women, a population that is rapidly growing, according to the Post, which cites a VA survey. The number of sexual assaults, rapes and harassments are increasing, too.