The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is constantly working to improve conditions for female veterans. Female veterans require not only different health care, they require different perspectives from their health care providers.
The VA operates Operation Home Front for the benefit of female soldiers. Approximately 14% of active duty soldiers and 17% of reservists and the National Guards are female. 139,000 female veterans live in Florida alone. Because the VA’s support programs have been traditionally geared towards men, it is a great relief to see the VA focusing so much on caring for their female veterans.
In an effort to close the gap between the traditional male-oriented VA services and what is needed to care for female veterans, the VA and Florida’s Department of Children and Families combined to fund and create Operation Home Front. Operation Home Front is a transitional housing facility located in Cocoa, Florida and will open next spring. 28 female veterans and their children will be able to reside in the facility while the veterans participate in:
- Substance abuse programs; and
- Mental health programs.
Operation Home Front is the only facility in Florida, and one of very few in the nation, allowing female veterans to participate in rehabilitation programs while living along side their children. Children are a critical element of the program.
Counselors have found women in treatment programs such as these are easier to treat when they are with their children – children keep the women in treatment. Children don’t just offer motivation for the veterans, their presence allows the bonding process to continue with mother and child throughout the program.
Every female veteran staying at Operation Home Front has a program customized specifically for her needs. Treatment can last from 60 days to over a year and can include:
- Specialist counseling;
- Rehabilitation services;
- Health and psychological support.
Many of the transitions back to the civilian world that female veterans are facing are unique to them. The VA has recognized this fact and is providing more services every day to help.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.