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Record #: R2012-1052   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 11/8/2012 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Human Relations
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Call for hearing(s) on difficulties faced by women veterans
Sponsors: Moore, Joseph, Balcer, James
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Human Relations
Attachments: 1. R2012-1052.pdf
Related files: R2015-407

WHEREAS, in the history of our great nation, beginning with the American Revolution, women have served in the military with honor and distinction, increasingly performing duties once restricted to men only, especially in our current wars against terrorism in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn (OIF/OEF/OND), in which less than 1% ofthe total U.S. population has served; and,

WHEREAS, women currently make-up 8% (1.8 million) of all U.S. veterans (22.2 million), compared to 4% in 1990, many having served during OIF/OEF/OND—a much higher percentage than those having served in previous wars, with approximately 3% residing in the State of Illinois; and,

WHEREAS, because the historical default picture of a veteran recently returned from active duty is that of a young male, the post-deployment transition for women veterans poses challenges and difficulties unique to their sex, especially for those having served within this last decade; and

WHEREAS, the incidence of unemployment for veterans is lower at 6.7% than that of the national average of 7.8% (8.8% in Illinois), that of veterans of OIF/OEF/OND overall is higher at 9.7%, but for women veterans it is higher still at 15.5%; and,

WHEREAS, the national home foreclosure crisis also affected our military personnel, often making post-deployment transition more stressful; and,

WHEREAS, veterans make up 11% ofthe adult population but are 23% ofthe homeless population, women veterans account for 7% and have a risk of becoming homeless four times greater than for male veterans and often have children with them, yet most facilities are designed or approved only for male veterans; and,

WHEREAS, many veterans of OIF/OEF/OND are experiencing post-traumatic stress (PTS), including women veterans; and,

WHEREAS, it is estimated that 50% of recent women veterans experienced some form of military sexual trauma (MST), most of which has gone unreported g...

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