Serving Women Veterans

There are approximately two million women veterans today and they are often hidden in plain sight. One in ten veterans is a woman, but only one in sixty-nine women is a veteran. To learn more about today’s population of women veterans and tips on serving them, check out these resources. To suggest a resource, please email

Unemployment Rates of Women Veterans Enrolled in School

The highest unemployment rates are consistently found among those enrolled in school. In 2018, 23% of unemployed student veterans were women.

2018 Employment, Unemployment, and Education

Learn about the 2018 annual average employment, unemployment, and educational attainment of women veterans as compared to male veterans and women nonveterans.
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2018 Gender and Veteran Demographics

Learn about the demographics of women veterans, as compared to male veterans and women veterans.
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Homeless Women Veteran Listening Sessions

Results of 28 moderated listening sessions with formerly and currently homeless women veterans and service providers.

Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

A user guide for service providers containing information on the experiences and needs of some women veterans and what it means to provide trauma-informed care.

The number of women in the military – both active duty and veteran populations – is growing rapidly. They face unusual challenges because of their military experiences and for many, multiple roles as breadwinner, parent, and spouse. Often their return to civilian life is difficult. An estimated 75,609 veterans are homeless, sheltered or unsheltered, on any given night. Women were 10,214 (7.5%) of the 136,334 homeless veterans who were sheltered sometime between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009 (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).

Homeless Female Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Families (PDF)

This report seeks to provide an understanding of the challenges and promising practices related to employment, particularly around homeless female veterans and veterans with families, and how to address them as HVRPs.

The United States Department of Labor-VETS (DOL) sponsors Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs (HVRPs) throughout the country that help veterans who are homeless, including women veterans, and veterans of both sexes who have families, to obtain and sustain employment. HVRPs also stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that address the complex problems facing homeless veterans. HVRP was initially authorized under Section 738 of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act in July 1987. It is currently authorized under Title 38 U.S.C. Section 2021, as added by Section 5 of Public Law 107-95, the Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001.

Lessons Learned

NVTAC has identified a series of lessons learned that will most likely lead to desired outcomes in HVRP. Informed by research, insights from experts in the field, and focus groups, these lessons focus on veterans, homelessness, veteran homelessness, employment, employment of veterans with disabilities, and serving special populations.

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