One in five female veterans experiences some form of sexual trauma during their military service, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs. And victims of such trauma are more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, mental illness, alcoholism, depression and physical illness, all of which act as barriers to the veteran’s ability to obtain education, housing and employment.

In response to this service-wide problem, U.S. VETS launched the ADVANCE Women’s Program in 2001 to address the unique needs of these female veterans. In partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs, ADVANCE provides a safe and sober living environment where female veterans with children can receive treatment for sexual trauma and substance abuse, work re-entry counseling and assistance in receiving disability payments.

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