Topic: Women veterans and women veterans with children living in transitional facilities
Women veterans are referred to as personnel who have served in the armed forces. They are found to constitute a disproportionate portion of the United States of America’s (USA) homeless population and have been speculated to be at increased risk of becoming homeless in contrast to their non-veteran counterparts. Factors culminating in homelessness have been attributed to sexual assault in military service, unemployment, disability, poor health status, diagnosis of mental illness including anxiety disorder or post traumatic stress disorder. However, being a college graduate or married has been found to confer protection against the possibility of homelessness (Washington et al., 2010). The transitional facilities that are operational cater to the needs as expressed by the veterans they require to sustain a livelihood through provision of services related to finding a job, assistance with rent, mortgage and in finding affordable housing, job training and others. According to the views and concerns shared by the women veterans the principal barriers to psychosocial services in this regard encompass issues relevant to dearth of information pertaining to the services, limitation in access to services alongside lack of coordination across the service modalities. Limitations are vastly applicable to the women veterans who do not have children as they encountered difficulties in finding accommodations for themselves compared to those who had children. Having children in their custody lead to differential treatment and services reception, however the Veterans Association has been reported to be not satisfactorily equipped to house the women veterans with their children (Hamilton et al., 2012). Hence greater attention has been called for women veterans without children for a holistic transitional facility experience in comparison to the women veterans having children.
Hamilton, A. B., Poza, I., Hines, V., & Washington, D. L. (2012). Barriers to psychosocial services among homeless women veterans. Journal of social work practice in the addictions, 12(1), 52-68.
Washington, D. L., Yano, E. M., McGuire, J., Hines, V., Lee, M., & Gelberg, L. (2010). Risk factors for homelessness among women veterans. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 21(1), 82-91.
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