WASHINGTON, DC – March 22, 2012 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), a non-profit veterans service organization that focuses on helping men and women who serve and return home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom, founded in 2007 by six women veterans and state women veterans coordinators, is marking Women’s History Month in March by honoring women veterans for their sacrificial and courageous service to the country.
As part of that effort, the DVNF is posting testimonial quotes and videos of women veterans on the home page of its website.
“We need to remember every day how important it is to honor our women veterans, who have a proud history of defending our nation and serving in critical roles in our military branches,” said Raegen Rivers, Chief Administrative Officer of the DVNF, which provides funding and support services throughout the year to women veterans, especially those who are disabled as a result of their service and those who struggling with poverty and homelessness.
Women serve in every branch of the military, representing 15 percent of today’s active duty military and nearly 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces. They serve as gunners, police, pilots, truck drivers and fuel suppliers. By 2020, the Veterans Administration estimates, women veterans will constitute 10 percent of the veteran population.
The DVNF wants to remind women veterans that they can contact the organization for financial, emotional and medical assistance, and other resources.
Addressing issues specific to female veterans has been part of the DVNF mission since its inception, and gives the organization an edge in understanding and addressing the needs – including housing – that plague women after they leave military service.