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2011-12-01 / General Stories

Funding to Help Female Veterans

Vital funding from the Texas Veterans Commission will develop the Serve Austin program, Operation Outreach, by providing for the training of 100 female volunteers to serve female veterans, technology to deliver necessary community services, and transportation costs to put volunteers on the ground to reach out proactively to the people who need them most.

Operation Outreach is a part of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s community-wide service plan, Serve Austin, www.serveatx.org, designed to proactively reach out to women veterans, help direct these women to community resources, and maintain contact with them over time.

Women veterans face special challenges that must be addressed locally. According to the Department of Defense, female service members are twice as likely to experience sexual assault as civilian women, and women veterans are four times more likely than nonveteran women to be homeless, per the American Journal of Public Health. Austin welcomes home an estimated 250 women veterans each year, and Operation Outreach aims to be there for each one as she transitions back to civilian life.

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