Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Lotus Project for Women Veterans

Greetings all,

Dr. J sent us out an email yesterday with a new link for us.  So I have added it to our links list here, but I also wanted to be sure and bring it to everyone's attention. I like that they offer chaperones to the VA medical and benefits appointments.

Here is what their main page looks like.

The Lotus Project for Women Veterans

The Lotus flower is planted in mud and yet still grows upwards toward the light to break through the other side clean and beautiful. Female veterans are growing stronger physically through combat, yet are stuck in the mud of sexual trauma, separation anxiety from their children, PTSD, and Homelessness. The mission of The Lotus Project is to empower female veterans to rebuild their lives after military service.

Program Details…..
· Permanent and transitional housing placement for homeless female veterans
· Referrals to financial assistance programs for rent, utility payments, and moving expenses
· Career Coaching and Job Placement Services
· Assistance with filing VA disability claims
· Chaperone veterans to VA Hospital and/or VA Benefits appointments
· All female veteran support groups and counseling

State of Affairs of Female Veterans

  • Women make up 20% of today's military
  • 11% of the combat force in Iraq and Afghanistan are female (roughly 212,000 troops)
  • 30,000 Single Mothers have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as of March 2009
  • In 2008, 2,908 sexual assaults were reports involving service members (9% increase from 2007); Alarmingly, its estimated that more than half of the assaults go unreported
  • According to a 2008 study by the RAND Corporation, women develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Depression as a result of traumatic experiences at more than twice the rate of men
  • As of September 2009, the Department of Veteran Affairs estimated 13,100 homeless female veterans; Women Veterans are up to 4 times more likely to be homeless than non-veteran women
  • 23% of female Veterans have children under 18 years old

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