Women Veterans Are Treated as Second-Class Citizens

Women Veterans Are Treated as Second-Class Citizens
AP Photo/The News Tribune, Lui Kit Wong

Major Jas Boothe is strong. The first time I met her she scooped me up and carried me, like an old-timey groom walking their bride over the threshold. That's a bold move with a new acquaintance, but she has plenty of reasons to be self-assured: She's a veteran, a cancer survivor, and she raised her oldest son by herself, while she was homeless.

After she spent the mid-2000s struggling to navigate the Veterans Affairs (VA) system, and finding the resources for homeless women—and particularly mothers—lacking, Boothe founded Final Salute to support other veterans struggling to convince the military that their roles as mothers and as soldiers were inseparable.

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