The Department of Labor and Women Veterans

The Department of Labor (DOL) has a page dedicated to women veterans in the workforce, which includes both statistics on women veterans in the workforce, and information on how their programs help women veterans. Nancy Glowacki, Army Veteran and Women Veteran Program Manager for the DOL Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) posted her slides on the website with the following information:

Women face disadvantages for many reasons, including the fact that many working age women veterans are self-identifying as veterans, but are not being identified as veterans by others. One possible reason for this is exposure to women veterans. One in every eleven veterans is a woman, but only one in every sixty-three women is a veteran. Comparatively, one in every six adult men in America is a veteran. Of note is that studies found that the average unemployment rate for all women veterans is not statistically different from women non-veterans, while unemployment rates are lower for women of color veterans -- specifically African-American women.

The slides quote one woman as saying, "my male peers came home from our deployment to be recognized as heroes. I spent a year in combat to come home to a nation debating whether or not women should be in combat."

The VETS program works behind the scenes to ensure that issues disproportionate to women are considered in veterans' employment services. According to the site, women veterans who used the DOL's free employment services are hired faster and earn more money than non-veteran women using similar services. As an example of one of their recent successes, VETS made a policy change to make intensive employment case management services available to veterans fleeing domestic violence.

Tips for ways to improve the conditions for women veterans includes encouraging Women Veteran Advocates to teach what they're doing, so that what they are doing becomes standard operating procedure among all programs that serve veterans or that serve women. Lawmakers should be encouraged to support women veterans by ensuring that the U.S. Code that governs all Federal veterans programs is inclusive of issues considered to be disproportionate to women. Furthermore, everyone should become familiar with the employment services available to women veterans and make referrals as needed, and view the Employment Assistance for Women Veterans webinar.

On the website, you can also find the following infographics/factsheets:

More information and guidance is available by going to www.dol.gov/vets/womenveterans.

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