SACRAMENTO – On Monday the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and the California State Library’s California Research Bureau (CRB) released their full report of California’s Women Veterans: Responses to the 2011 Survey.
This is the second iteration of this survey, the first of which was conducted in 2009 at the request of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Assemblymember (now Senator) Lois Wolk.
Last year, CalVet and the commission asked CRB to conduct a second survey to measure the current needs of women veterans and establish a baseline for service utilization.
Nearly 900 women veterans participated in the 2011 survey; a considerably larger sample than the first.
The survey sample included all branches of the military and eras of service from World War II to Operation New Dawn. Both former officer and enlisted women were represented.
The 43-question survey asked about needs at the time of separation from the military and about current needs in both health care and non-health care topics. It also included questions to determine knowledge of services available to women veterans and utilization of those services.
Key findings from the report include the following:
- Many women veterans are unaware of state and federal services and benefits.
- Women veterans need help finding employment when they separate from the service.
- Women veterans want services geared toward their unique needs, including women-specific health care and help with military sexual trauma (MST).
CalVet and CRB will distribute the report to lawmakers, veteran service organizations and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help inform policymakers about California’s women veterans.
The report can be seen and downloaded below. It also is available at www.library.ca.gov/crb/12/12-004.pdf or at http://www.calvet.ca.gov/WomenMinority/WomenSurvey.aspx .070212 California Women Veterans Survey