Congress Forms Caucus for Female Veterans
Female veterans in Congress are currently in the beginning stages of creating a caucus for women who’ve served. There are currently more than 12 caucuses related to veterans but none cater to the needs of female vets. The caucus plans to prioritize the health challenges female veterans face, access to affordable childcare and plans to recruit more female veterans to run for office and join Congress in 2020.
The Congressional Servicewomen and Women Veteran Caucus is made up of about 50 bipartisan members which include Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Chrissy Houlahan of Pensylvania and Elaine Luria of Virginia. The caucus includes male members as well.
The Realist Woman’s take:
I know I’m not the only one who feels like every story out of Washington is maddening. But this story is a welcoming change. Bipartisan members of Congress coming together to form a caucus that focuses on meeting the needs of our female veterans is wonderful.
It's reported that within the next 25 years, the number of former servicewomen will have doubled with one out of five women living as veterans. So the focus of Congress shifting to the needs of female vets is timely.