March is Women’s History Month. It is a time to look back on the successes and milestones made by women over the years. Focusing on the women in the U.S. military, there have been many accomplishments and contributions from women in so many points in history. Military.com has highlighted several women veterans that we should all celebrate and honor for their service to our nation.
Here are some facts on women in the military and women veterans:
According to the Military OneSource 2015 Demographics Report, there are 201,413 women in the Department of Defense Active Duty force – 15.5% of all U.S. military Active Force. Each year these numbers grow, as more women are entering some form of active duty.
In the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development‘s 2016 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report, 3,328 women veterans are homeless – 8% of the homeless veteran population. As female active duty membership increases, it is likely this 8% will too; but our hope is the number of homeless women veterans does not increase, as the total number of homeless veterans continues to decrease.
To date, Veterans Matter has helped house 202 homeless women veterans – 14.2% of the 1,426 homeless veterans housed by Veterans Matter; 6.1% of the total homeless women veterans in our nation.
These women veterans deserve honor, respect, and a place to call home besides the streets of the nation they have served. Help us close out #WomensHistoryMonth with our way of showing respect and honor to any veteran – help bring them home.