Shalini Madaras founded the nonprofit group Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes and opened a three-story house in Bridgeport, Conn. for “veterans recovering from physical or emotional combat scars” in honor of her oldest son who was killed by a roadside bomb in 2006 in Iraq.
“This is something that never existed before,” says Madaras. “There is such a huge need for some of these ladies coming back from these conflicts. They have nowhere to go.”
There are currently 15 Veterans receiving counseling, skill training and health care at the new home.
Facilities like the Pfc. Nicholas Madaras Home are desperately needed nationwide. Although it is generally assumed that Veterans are male, in recent years the numbers of female Veterans have been increasing.
VA estimates that 8 percent of Veterans are women, and as a sign that more women are joining the Armed Forces, they make up 13 percent of Veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Many homeless female Veterans also have to contend with finding shelter that can accommodate their children – a concern that is not as prevalent among male Veterans.
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