Photographer’s Project Focuses on Homeless Female Veterans
Female veterans are four times more likely to become homeless than civilian women, according to photographer Mary F. Calvert, who has received the 2014 Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant for her project “Missing in Action: Homeless Female Veterans.” Her work supported by this grant will focus on the Los Angeles region, which has the largest concentration of homeless veterans. She will examine the slow response to this crisis by the beleaguered U.S. Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs as well as the organizations that attempt to help these women.
Ms. Calvert notes that women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan arrive home with health care issues like PTSD, as well as custody battles resulting from the strain of deployment on their families. For many women, the military was a way to escape a difficult situation, yet harassment, sexual assault and the lack of advancement opportunities have driven them out of it.
Read more on the Alexia Foundation’s website.