Post 9/11 Women Veterans, M-SPAN Wants to Hear Your Stories

Even though women have been serving in the United States military for over a hundred years, the perspectives of women veterans have often been absent from public discourse, despite the fact that 15% of the current military is female.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense Flickr account.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense Flickr account.

At a recent Women’s History Month event at the Capitol, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed women veterans, saying, “Your stories are so worth telling, and our girls, our granddaughters need to hear them.” Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN) would like to hear those stories.

The objective of M-SPAN’s newest initiative, the Women Veterans Needs Assessment, is to learn more about post-9/11 women veterans and women currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves in order to develop future programs and services based on the needs identified. The assessment seeks to gather information regarding women veterans’ experiences while serving and once separated, any unique challenges and successes they face, gaps in services for women, and ways to best support their well-being.

Women veterans who served during the post 9/11 era or current National Guard members or Reservists residing in Michigan who are interested in participating in the Women Veterans Needs Assessment project can contact womenvets@umich.edu or call 734-998-5834 for more information.