Women veterans in Duval County now have a chance to speak out about gender-specific services for women re-entering the civilian world after military service.
The nonprofit Northeast Florida Women Veterans launched an online research study, called RestorHer, to assess what services are most needed now and in the future and how easy they are for women veterans to find and use.
Paid for by the Women’s Giving Alliance of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the study targets Duval because it has the highest number of women veterans in the state, said veteran Deloris “Dee” Quaranta, founder and executive director of the veterans group.
The study runs through the fall and ultimately may be extended to other North Florida counties, she said.
Florida has the third-largest population of women veterans in the country, about 166,000, and Duval has about 14,500, according to the state Department of Veterans Affairs.
Like their male counterparts, they are subject to post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, health issues, a high divorce rate and homelessness. They also have other challenges that men may not face, such as child care, single parenting issues, sexual abuse and gender discrimination in employment and other areas, according to the local group.
How government meets veterans’ needs, in general, has evolved over the years.