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Nov 12, 2013 12:39 AM by Jennifer Horbelt

Female veterans face higher unemployment rate than men

WASHINGTON D.C.- As we honor veterans for their service this Veterans Day, we're also examining a problem plaguing female veterans who face unemployment at a higher rate than their male colleagues.

The October unemployment rate for female veterans was 8% higher than the rate for male veterans, now at 6.7%. The Veterans Administration says a greater percentage of females are unemployed in part because they don't realize they qualify for benefits like job training.

"The perception among many of the women is that if they didn't serve in combat, they are not veterans," Irene Trowell-Harris, EdD, Director for the VA's Center for Women Veterans said.

Due to that, the VA is expanding its outreach through a new hot line and website, dedicated to women. On top of job resources, they're also working to make it clear female veterans have access to the same benefits as their male counterparts, including disability, home loans and health insurance.

To view that website, click here.

 

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