Our song is written to call attention to a growing issue as the number of female soldiers in the U.S. military increases.
- Currently, women make up 15% of our military. That number is expected to increase to 25% in just a few years.
- 20% of our female soldiers returning from military duty suffer from P.T.S.D.
- According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 22 United States veterans commit suicide every day.
- Women ages 18 to 29 who served in the military are twelve times more likely to commit suicide than those who have not served.
Both in deployment and at home, female veterans face challenges their male counterparts don’t.
- Women are more likely to experience sexual assault.
- Sexual assault is more likely to cause PTSD than many other events.
- Women may be more likely to blame themselves for trauma experiences than men.
- It can be very hard for women with young children to be deployed for long periods of time. They worry they can’t be watching over their loved ones. After returning home, some women find it is hard to return to the “mother role.”
- In the barracks, on the battlefield, and in homecoming gatherings, female soldiers are often the extreme minority among their peers and can feel isolated, both socially and professionally. They are not, almost by definition, “brothers in arms.”
- When they come home they are faced with a Veterans Affairs department that’s just beginning to figure out how to take care of them.
- Women veterans who are largely outside of VA care in particular are at an alarming risk for suicide.
- Veteran-specific women housing is exceedingly rare as organizations have little experience or capacity to address the needs of women with children.
We can and must do better.
We believe the solution begins with increasing the public’s awareness of the magnitude of this problem.
Won’t you help?
Help get the word out. Pass this on to your family and friends!
Visit any of the organizations listed on our resources page and offer to help, either with time or donations.
Find and contact your elected representatives or e-mail the House and the Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs.
Please explore the following links for support and information about female soldiers affected by P.T.S.D.. All of these heroes served us. It’s our duty to help them when they return.
The story of Captain Jaimie Brunette
Great resources for the family
Suicide Rate Among Military Vets Staggering
High Suicide Rate Among Female Vets
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