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FEMALE VETERANS PROGRAM

We are currently operating a Female Veteran Program at Easter Seals Massachusetts.  In addition to our other services, our Female Veteran Program offers women Veterans and service members of all eras a place to gather, share information and discuss their experiences together in a place where everybody has served.  Often, participants are amazed that their experiences are very similar to the others in attendance.  

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If you have any additional questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Adam Costello at acostello@eastersealsma.org or 508.751.6312.

 Program Participant Testimonials

There’s a great need in the community for female Veterans to work together and support one another.  We maintain a welcoming, positive and fun environment, and we’re working to resolve real issues.  Examples that significantly impact the female Veteran population are:

·         In 2015, only about 20.1 percent of the total female Veteran population received VA disability compensation.

·         In 2015, only about 7.4 percent of the total female Veteran population were using their education benefits.

·         In FY17, based on 4,226 investigations of sexual assaults of active duty service people, 3,744 involved a female victim and 3,512 involved a male perpetrator.

·         In 2017, the unemployment rate for female Veterans between ages 25-34 was 8.0%, compared to their female counterparts at 4.5 percent, and the male Veteran unemployment rate of 3.6 percent.

·         From 2001 to 2014, the suicide rate among women Veterans increased to a greater degree (62.4 percent) than the suicide rate among male Veterans (29.7 percent).  Those under 40 have the highest risk for suicide, with the risk of suicide being 2.5 times higher among female veterans when compared to the US civilian adult women.

·         From 2016 to 2017, the number of homeless female Veterans increased by 7 percent, compared with 1 percent for their male counterparts.

Not only would we like you to participate, we also need YOUR help to make a difference.

Each month a guest speaker discusses a topic of interest with the group, followed by a group discussion on the topic and other items of interest.  Program participants share lunch together and establish friendships along the way.

Previous topics included:

·         The needs of female Veterans in the community

·         Women in today’s job market, and

·         Sexual assault in Massachusetts

 Our next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 10 a.m. until noon at our office in downtown Worcester, and will center on HOW to run for elected office and WHAT the job actually entails. 

MA State Representatives Carolyn Dykema, Hannah Kane, and Danielle Gregoire will share what drove them to get involved in politics, discuss their first-hand experiences, and answer questions that you may have about your own aspirations. This is a rare opportunity to learn more about our political system first-hand from the people working in it today.  This discussion is NOT about personal politics, but rather

If you have any additional questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Adam Costello at acostello@eastersealsma.org or 508.751.6312.

 

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