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J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2019 Aug;47(3):307-309. doi: 10.29158/JAAPL.003869-19. Epub 2019 Aug 8.

Understanding the Needs of Female Veterans.

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Dr. Ritchie is Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC.


This commentary attempts to frame the article, "Safer Housing for Homeless Women Veterans," in a wider context. It defines female veterans, homelessness, and military sexual trauma. This commentary also tackles a question that often confuses civilian providers regarding who has access to care at the Veterans Health Administration. It does not repeat in detail all of the recommendations in the article, but it advocates their broader use in shelters and transitional housing. Finally, I close with some thoughts about a new generation of young, homeless, female veterans who may have children and how to accommodate their needs.


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