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Needs of Hawaii’s women veterans assessed with new survey

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
By Diamond Badajos

The Office of Veterans Services’ Subcommittee on Women Veterans will be conducting a new online survey addressing the unique needs of women veterans. The survey has been launched and distributed to women veterans throughout the state. An estimated 14,000 women veterans are permanent Hawaii residents.

Over the next two months, the committee will reach to as many women veterans as possible. The data collected will be used to provide information to health care providers and other who work with women veterans.

In April 2012, the Office of Veterans Services organized the Hawaii Women Military Veterans Task Force to address the needs of women veterans. The task force has indentified that military women face multiple inter-related and complex problems including a high rate of Military Sexual Trauma (MST), issues concerning adequate health care, high rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, joblessness and homelessness.

Studies on the continental United States indicate women veterans are four times more likely to become homeless than women who have not served in the military.

The survey consists of 10 questions and is available online at: http://dod.hawaii.gov/ovs/hawaii-military-womens-survey/.

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