The New Jersey chapter of Easter Seals is starting an initiative aimed at helping female veterans returning home from combat zones.

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The agency cites Department of Veteran Affairs statistics showing that women represent the fastest growing group of veterans, with approximately 33,000 female veterans returning home to New Jersey after serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Easter Seals New Jersey's Military and Veterans Initiative will partner with the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services to study the needs of female veterans and identify resources and programs available to them.

The agency says many programs for returning veterans are male-centric and don't address many of the issues female veterans face.

The initiative will explore issues including unemployment, physical and emotional trauma, family tension and social isolation, among other areas.

 

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