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Grace After Fire’s mission is to provide the means for women Veterans to gain knowledge, insight and self-renewal. We provide support for and help women US military Veterans who are returning from active duty so that they can re-engage as mothers, wives and daughters in civilian life. Grace After Fire began operating in 2008, attracting hundreds of women in search of crisis support services. A significant data point was the frequency of women military Veterans disclosing their chronic use of alcohol and drugs as a means of coping or self-medicating their symptoms of PST, TBI & MST. The online crisis ratio trends show 8 out of 10 women Veterans are in crisis at the time of contact. Grace After Fire is designed to serve women Veterans from all eras and branches of military service (currently 1.8 million), and is preparing to meet the high numbers of women (approximately 15% of the armed services) currently serving. Although women Veterans represent less than 8% of Veterans accessing VA healthcare, 71% of the women who do use the VA System have a mental health concern. Unfortunately, a challenge that can occur in offering VA services to women is providing accessible gender-responsive and trauma-informed care at all locations.
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