Female Veterans and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Women in the military actually run higher than twice the risk of developing PTSD as men -- 10% or all women versus 4% their male counterparts. The reasons behind this vary from battle stress to sexual harassment and even outright sexual assault. In addition, women take longer to recover from PTSD and are more than four times as likely to experience long-lasting effects of the condition. In addition to PTSD, women vets (compared to their male counterparts) are more likely to face problems finding work after leaving the military and are more likely to become homeless.
For more information,
Kristine Hesse, MSgt, USAF (retired),
Director of Women Veterans Outreach for the National Veterans Foundation in Los Angeles
Susie Carder, President and COO of Motivating the Masses