June 6, 2021
Female Vets Face Twice the Risk of Developing PTSD
Women serving in our armed forces are becoming more and more common. While it’s uplifting to know that more women are just as willing as men to serve our nation, having more servicewomen poses new challenges for our military. These challenges include how to address combat trauma on our female soldiers.
A female’s psyche is built differently from that of a man, which is why women veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a little differently from their male counterparts. Some PTSD symptoms, for example, are more commonly experienced by female veterans compared to their male counterparts.
Instead of anger issues, which are commonly observed in male veterans suffering from PTSD, women sufferers feel depressed and anxious instead. They’re also more likely to avoid things that remind them of the trauma they experienced. They can be more sensitive, too.
However, since a person’s personality is different from others, each person handles their trauma in their own way regardless of whether they’re male or female.
The Chances of Women Developing PTSD
According to the VA’s National Center for PTSD, women comprised about 9.4% of the total veteran population in 2015. It’s estimated that this number will increase up to 16% by 2040.
The VA report states that these female veterans face twice the risk of developing PTSD compared to their male counterparts during or after their military service (10% for women while it’s only 4% for men). The reason for this, according to experts, is that female veterans face gender-specific traumas such as sexual assault.
A Helping Hand for Our Women Veterans
To help our former servicewomen better, a hotline dedicated to women veterans was established by the Department of Veteran Affairs. The hotline 855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636) seeks to address concerns and questions from women veterans, their family members, or caregivers regarding their VA benefits, services, or resources they can tap into. These include help and advice for those suffering from PTSD.
For immediate concerns, a 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line is also available at 800-273-8255, press 1. Complainants can also text 838255 for immediate help.
The VA also provides treatment and care programs for veterans with PTSD. You can find information about these programs on the official VA website for PTSD treatment.
Our Veterans Face Other Tough Challenges
Dealing with PTSD and other mental health disorders is just one of the many tough challenges faced by our veterans. Some also have to grapple with homelessness, chronic unemployment, disabilities, and illnesses.
You can help provide solutions to these problems faced by some of the veterans residing in your local area. All you have to do is turn over any vehicle you no longer need to us at Veteran Car Donations. When you do this, you’ll help provide opportunities for the struggling veterans in your local area to turn their lives around.
We serve as the vehicle donation platform of IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofits that are committed to serving our nation’s heroes. We sell vehicles donated to us and use the proceeds to help fund the life-enhancement programs and services of these nonprofits. They provide deserving veterans with free quality health care, financial aid, housing assistance, employment opportunities, family support, educational scholarships, psychotherapy services, and many other benefits.
As a donor, you’ll get to enjoy valuable perks, one of which is your entitlement to receive the maximum tax deduction. You also don’t need to pay for our pickup and towing service. We offer them for free to our donors in all parts of the United States.
Above all, you’ll have the ultimate pleasure and satisfaction of doing something extraordinary that can help uplift the lives of the impoverished veterans in your area.
We take almost all types of vehicles, regardless of their age or condition. They don’t even have to be in good condition.
For more information on Veteran Car Donations, visit our FAQs page. Should you have any inquiries or concerns, you may call us at 877-594-5822 or write to us here.
Touch the Hearts of Our Hurting Heroes Today!
Nothing compares to the feeling of having done something wonderful for those veterans who need help the most. Your vehicle donation will surely touch the hearts of our heroes. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our online donation form now!