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Female veterans: The struggle when leaving the military

There is no question that it can be difficult to transition from a life in the military to a civilian lifestyle. This is particularly true for female veterans who have their own challenges to worry about. With the number of females serving in the military increasing, there has never been a better time to discuss the issues that can make transitioning hard for female veterans.

One of the issues facing female veterans is a lack of support when leaving the military. Many have connections to others, but they may find they have no real system in place to support them as they transition back to living a life in a typical civilian neighborhood. As females and males decompress from their time in the military, it can be difficult. They may struggle with health issues, but they also have to suddenly cope with the realities of civilian life, like raising a family or going to a 9-to-5 job.

Female veterans have a suicide rate that is nearly 2.5 times greater than civilian females. They may struggle financially after leaving the military and are more likely to be single with children. They're also more likely to have been assaulted or harassed, making mental health a concern.

The good news is that there is help out there for those who need it. From disability benefits to assistance with paying medical bills, there are options there to help you get the assistance you need for your mental and physical help as you get used to a civilian life once again. Your attorney can help you reach out to these programs.

Source: NPR, "Transitioning From Military To Civilian Life Can Be Especially Difficult For Female Veterans," Jay Price, May 30, 2018

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