When President Obama spoke recently about the American Jobs Act, he specifically outlined a program designed to increase hiring of veterans. Although this proposal might not strike the reader as being specific to women, it’s important to remember how many women have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with some form of traumatic stress. Also, in terms of health, some women veterans may have been victims of Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Others may live in areas when medical attention is scarce, or they may lack the time to seek appropriate counseling or medical attention because of family obligations. Regarding economics, some women (like male veterans) find that the skills they developed in the military don’t always lead to job opportunities after their enlistments have ended. A law that encourages employers to hire more veterans could have a significant impact on all former members of the military, women included. Increased awareness of this clause could help women veterans realize the workplace and hiring protections they’re entitled to. We should collectively encourage Congress to include this proposal while evaluating the President’s vision of this bill.
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