Lt. Col. Patricia Jackson-Kelley Named to Veteran’s Advisory Commission

As a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force, Army and Navy Reserves, Lt. Col. Patricia Jackson-Kelley knows how tough life in the military can be for women. Women make up about 17 percent of the veteran population in the U.S. and are growing in the ranks of the homeless. After they serve, they face many of the challenged faced by male counterparts, including low wages, banks that are unwilling to lend them money for a home, lack of affordable housing and childcare and inadequate mental health services. However, women in the military are disproportionately affected by trauma caused by sexual assault. A recent study estimates that a slightly more than half of homeless women veterans were victims of sexual assault.