Much has been done and said to help military veterans transition from the service to civilian life, and few occupations have been more involved in this effort than trucking.
Many truckers — including plenty of women behind the wheel — got their start while in the military. Often they are able to step out of one truck and into another when they leave the service and become a civilian driver.
However, issues and concerns from their time in the military may follow some veterans into civilian life. Fortunately, there is a growing amount of support online for female veterans who still need a hand, even if it’s just dealing with the paperwork involved in their benefits.
Online resources for women who are veterans include:
This website serves as a clearinghouse for support for women veterans who may still be dealing with post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries or just the daily issues of returning to civilian life.
In its mission statement, Final Salute says there are 55,000 female military veterans who are homeless. The organization works to help women veterans in need find transitional housing, overcome financial hardship, and provide professional business attire needed to go on job interviews.
This veteran-to-veteran national organization serves veterans with the crisis management, information and referrals for service to all veterans. It has a special section of services for female veterans including housing, employment, transportation, health, legal and social support.
In addition to advocating and lobbying on behalf of women who served in the military, AWV also provides a variety of resources. Female veterans can access reduced price child care, educational opportunities and housing. It also hosts an informational and inspiration blog called Bras to Boots where women tell their stories of military life.