The needs of female veterans are bigger than they have ever been. An estimated 200,000 woman will be transitioning into civilian life over the next five years. Today 1 in 5 enlisted recruits are female.
The suicide rate is six times higher and the divorce rate is seven times higher for female vets as compared to civilians, and nearly 2 in 10 young adult female vets live in poverty.
Easterseals has developed Female Veteran Centers of Excellence (FVCOE) that specialize in job training, care coordination, child care, and emergency financial assistance.
Easterseals emergency financial grants are provided females in crisis situations. These grants help female veterans find adequate shelter, employment, childcare, transportation, and domestic violence intervention.
Repeated deployment, traumatic brain injury and other combat-related disabilities are among the reasons that nearly 50,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Easterseals affiliates provide job training, counseling, and placement services to help homeless veterans reintegrate into society and the labor force through Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program Grants and local donor contributions.
We have helped to decrease homelessness among veterans by 36 percent since 2010 by providing job readiness skills, resume preparation, job search assistance and employer connections to over # veterans.
Post 9/11-era veterans face unemployment rates that are more than 20 percent higher than nonveterans and the number of homeless female veterans tripled from 2006 to 2013.
The 5.5 million military caregivers nationwide experience more health problems, greater strains in family relationships, and work related issues than the general population.
Easterseals offers employment, transportation, child and adult care services to meet the needs of the caregivers of our nation's veterans.
Since April 2011 over 40,000 military and veteran caregivers have received training and support. In partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Easterseals offers free caregiving webinars in which experts in the field support and educate caregivers of military service members and veterans. Over 3,500 caregivers across the country have taken part in these webinars in English and Spanish language formats.