DoDLive blog, "Women and Wounds of War" by Terri Moon Cronk of the American Forces Press Service cites new statistics on the combat injuries or operational theater injuries vary between female and male soldiers. The role of a U.S. soldier, female or male, is more equal in today's wars than wars of decades past.
The article is mostly a review of "The Long Road Home", the February installment of the "Recon" series on the Pentagon Channel which began its run on Feb. 19th, 2012. The “Recon” series is a monthly, 30-minute broadcast that provides an in-depth look at operations, missions, military events, history and other subjects highlighting the accomplishments of U.S. military.
5. VA also reports that 315,000 women have used the VA in 2010, that number almost tripled in just 10 years.
For help dealing with symptoms of traumatic stress,
1. talk to your local chaplain or spiritual guide.
2. Focus on building a support network and increasing your resilience.
3. Get help that works for you. You may need to try several things to find your best "fit".
For more information on finding help or more resources, check out these articles and links (not an exhaustive source, but a good starting point after you've talked to your chaplain):
Military OneSource or 1-800-342-9647 (articles, free counselling sessions for servicemember and family members, webinars, will find local resources for you)
If you live in the TriWest Region, you can get free online counseling (can do it from home) or call 1-888-874-9378.
For Guardsmen: Yellow Ribbon Re-integration program or related post.
Military Stress Recovery Project Clinics, for one near you, check out the list on AWB's website.
A new women veterans-only clinic has just started in Albuquerque.
SWAN (Service Women's Action Network)
Navy's Fleet and Family Service Center
American Women Veterans
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Give An Hour--non-profit that provides free mental health counseling for veterans of the recent Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Fatigues to Fabulous--a national campaign established to honor and support the 1.8 million American women veterans by raising awareness about the issues affecting military women and by providing funds for needed services and medical research.
Army Girl blog, as featured on the "Recon: the Long Road Home" video mentioned above.
For related information, check out these related De-Stress Vets Blog posts:
The Different Kinds of Stress
Resilience in a Time of War
Resilience in a Time of War: Homecoming
Psychological Health and the Military Family--FOCUS program
Managing Traumatic Stress: Tips for Recovering from Diasters and other Traumatic Events
Healing Energy Special Series for Military Families
Military Family: Keeping Your Relationship Strong