During the 82nd Legislative Session, the Texas legislature designated March as “Women Veterans Month” to honor women veterans from all branches of service. Sponsored by Sen. Jane Nelson, this resolution serves as a way to thank women veterans for their service, salute their families who support them, remember the women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and raise awareness of issues unique to women veterans.
Since the American Revolution, women have played an increasing role in the U.S. Armed Forces. The higher number of women serving translates to a higher number of women veterans coming home to Texas. The population of female veterans in Texas is expected to grow by over 26 percent by the end of 2013, making it the largest female veteran contingent in the United States.
According to Kimberly Olson, Colonel, USAF (ret), president/CEO of Grace After Fire, surviving a war zone can require extreme measures, and women veterans need a safe, welcoming environment to reintegrate. This is why they spent the last two years designing, building and implementing Table Talk: Color Me Camo Renewal which serves as a peer support system designed specifically help women veterans reenter into civilian life. More information can be found at www.GraceAfterFire.org. For those women veterans interested in low interest home, land, and home improvement loans, visit www.texasveterans.com.