FEATURED in Mixed Media
Soft pastel, hard pastel, chalk pastel pencil on bond paper
My inspiration for today’s portrait of a U.S. female combat soldier came to me by listening to the radio. I heard a war veteran, a combat veteran, a woman soldier who had returned from service in the Middle East speak of her service to her country.
She spoke of how she is now living in a homeless shelter, a private non-profit homeless shelter because she is finding it very difficult to convince those who make the decisions on these matters that she, a soldier with a proven record of serving her country in a combat zone that she is deserving of the same benefits of her male soldiers she served next to in the Middle East.
I am not aware of all of the issues of her story and I am not her advocate. I am just paraphrasing her story as I heard it on the radio and explaining to you why I was compelled to create the portrait of a female soldier, a war veteran of our war.
She went on to explain further that she found it difficult for people to understand that a female soldier, even though deployed in a combat zone, would believe that she experienced combat even as she lived and stood next to her male soldier team counterparts in our war.
Her life back home has become another battle filled with barriers, with battles that she must now fight without her team, her fellow soldiers.
She is alone to fight this battle…but is she?
I did some research because I was so upset by the story. I found that there are resources for our returning female soldiers coming home to the U.S. Yet, it is difficult for anyone to seek out or locate resources when one is struggling with PTSD or finding their way back home…
LINKS TO RESOURCES, STATISTICS, INFORMATION
NATIONAL COALITION FOR
On June 30, 2010, the Department of Labor-Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) announced more than $5 million in grants to aid homeless women veterans and veterans with families in 14 states and the District of Columbia. These grants will provide job training, counseling and placement services.
ARE YOU A HOMELESS WOMAN VETERAN THEN HERE ARE RESOURCES TO HELP YOU