Welcome to Lady Vet! We are a community for women who served and the people who love and support them.
Women’s presence in the military is growing.
Women are the fastest growing segment of the Armed Forces—currently 20% of Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard. Over the next few decades, this will mean a significant increase in an already strong female Veteran population as these women separate from service.
Women Veterans are still largely in the shadows.
Despite significant progress in removing barriers women have faced in the military, many put aside their uniforms only to find themselves disappearing into the shadows of the men they once served beside. Not only unseen, but unheard, at times even dismissed or disbelieved—and often unable to access the same resources more readily available to male Veterans.
Although some might disagree, asking for visibility is not arrogance or attention seeking. Some of the challenges women face during and after military service are unique, and not always adequately supported or addressed. Society as a whole will never be able to do so until we can see women in service for who they are: a significant and growing element of the military and Veteran population.
Asking for visibility is not arrogance or attention seeking.
So let’s have a conversation. Let’s grow the collective voice and visibility of women Veterans. And most importantly, if women are to be an ever greater presence in the military and beyond, let’s make that reality more welcoming.
How can you contribute?
If you served, we encourage you to claim your Veteran identity. Not just for yourself, but for all of us. Speak up when you feel overlooked. Assume that others are well-meaning and educate when the opportunity presents.
If you are a civilian, we hope to broaden your perspective of what a Veteran looks like, and shine some light on the issues commonly faced by women who served. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. And beyond saying thank you, look for ways you can help if you feel so compelled.
So welcome to Lady Vet! We’re glad you’re here, and hope to see you again soon.
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