The National Congress of Black Women hailed all military members on Veterans Day, thanking them for their service to the country.
The group called on the communities of returning service members, particularly women troops, to help them readjust to civilian life where the government hasn’t.
“Homelessness, once women have left the military is one of those challenges,” the NCBW said. “While significant progress has been made, the goal of ending homelessness has yet to be achieved and the strategy of how to handle it must be changed. It is less costly to prevent homelessness than it is to deal with it after it occurs.
The NCBW said it is committed to helping women make the transition, including those who faced sexual trauma while in the military and may need special attention upon leaving the service.
“Obviously women leaving the military need jobs,” the organization said. “They need safe and adequate housing. Some may need support for child care and resources to support the physical, mental, and emotional needs of the departing service member.”
The NCBW was founded by the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and the late Dr. C. DeLores Tucker who felt that Black women were not being represented well in the political process. It aims to serve as a “nonpartisan voice and instrument on issues pertaining to the appointment of black women at all levels of government and to increase their participation in the educational, political, economic and social arenas.”