Women have been serving in the military for decades, yet they have often been overlooked and undervalued for their contributions to our country’s defense. From World War II to present day conflicts, women have played an important role in every branch of the military, and it’s important that we recognize and honor their service. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the challenges women veterans face and how to recognize honor them.
Lack of Recognition
One of the biggest challenges that women veterans face is a lack of recognition. Many people still hold the outdated belief that women are not fit for combat roles, despite evidence to the contrary. Women have served in combat zones and have faced the same dangers and hardships as their male counterparts, and it’s important that we acknowledge their bravery and sacrifice.
Lack of Support Services
Another challenge that women veterans face is a lack of support services. Women veterans often have different needs than male veterans, particularly when it comes to healthcare. For example, women are more likely to experience military sexual trauma (MST), which can have long-lasting effects on their mental and physical health. It’s important that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides specialized care for women veterans that takes these unique needs into account.
Honoring Women Veterans
One way to recognize and honor our women veterans is to celebrate their achievements. There are many women who have made significant contributions to the military, such as Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, who served as a nurse during the Vietnam War and went on to become the first woman to deploy with an Air Force bomber unit. Another example is Colonel Ruby Bradley, who served as a nurse during World War II and was captured by the Japanese, yet managed to save the lives of countless soldiers while in captivity.
Support an Organization
We can also honor our women veterans by supporting organizations that are dedicated to their well-being. Soldiers of America, for example, provides support and resources for women veterans and active duty personnel.
It’s important that we recognize and honor the service of our women veterans. By acknowledging their contributions, providing specialized care, and celebrating their achievements, we can ensure that they receive the respect and support they deserve.