Female Veterans Face Continuous Challenges

By Jaclyn Driscoll
A leading researcher says transitioning back into civilian life can be difficult for all veterans, but the growing population of female veterans face additional challenges.

Lindy Carrow leads all research on veterans’ issues for the Social Impact Research Center, a nonprofit organization. Her team gathers information on current veterans in Illinois from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The non-profit uses that data to implement its programs. Carrow focused a large part of research on the increasing female veteran population.

“Back in the Cold War, female vets only made up 8% of the population,” said Carrow. “But now they are all the way up to 17-18%.” Continue reading

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Illinois Warrior to Warrior Assists Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans

Franzese and Perez discuss Illinois Warrior to Warrior Project to a DePaul University Graduate class on September 23, 2013 (Photo credit/ Mike Reilley)

Franzese and Perez discuss Illinois Warrior to Warrior Project to a DePaul University Graduate class on September 23, 2013
(Photo credit/ Mike Reilley)

By Jaclyn Driscoll

Delays in services for returning soldiers of Afghanistan and Iraqi wars cause stress for veterans, while evolving grassroots organizations such as Illinois Warrior to Warrior help bridge that gap.

Joe Franzese, Warrior to Warrior program coordinator and Iraq war veteran, said some veterans wait up to 500 days to get their benefits and services from a system he described as a “bureaucratic mess.” Continue reading