It can be very difficult for veterans to readjust to their lives after leaving the military, especially for female veterans. Many women experience difficulty transitioning back to civilian life. After leaving a strong military community, it is not uncommon for many of them to still feel an intense need to be a productive member of a community.
Joining a women veterans community can be extremely beneficial for those struggling with returning to their civilian lives, experiencing desires to be a part of a community, and for all female veterans in general. The camaraderie, support, and resources offered in a group can dramatically enhance one’s life by helping with self-esteem, anxiety, loneliness, confidence, depression, difficulty sleeping, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and countless other issues. Becoming a member can ease the adjustment process and even improve one’s overall health and well-being.
The options for women veterans groups and support are practically endless, so there are certainly ones available that are perfect for you and your specific needs and goals. You can find a multitude of information and resources online, and by calling or visiting local organizations.
Participating in community service can be a great option and there are always groups in need of help. Local hospitals, schools, senior centers, soup kitchens, and other organizations are excellent choices. More options can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Volunteer page on their website, which identifies community service opportunities near your residence and local VA facilities.
Some organizations that devote their time to assisting and providing support for women veterans include Fatigues to Fabulous (a nonprofit group that helps them address unique obstacles within their community), Women Veterans Rock (a group of organizations that offer support and assistance with employment, education, health, wellness, housing, and more), She S.E.R.V.E.D. Inc. (a charity organization devoted to helping women veterans learn and access resources, benefits, employment opportunities, and more), and Operation Reinvent (a group devoted to helping with every step of the transition process from military to civilian life).
The Center for Women Veterans also offers a multitude of support, services, and opportunities as well. A few of the current initiatives, events, and opportunities include a Women Veterans Art Exhibit, a Women Veteran Athletes Initiative, a Women Veteran Trailblazers Initiative, a Women Veterans with Disabilities are Valued campaign, and a #VeteranOfTheDay – Nominate a Veteran Today publication.