Traumatized Female Vets Face Uphill Battle

As for Kristine Wise, who is now five years into readjustment counseling at San Diego's Veterans Center, she is now attending California State University San Marcos, getting her tuition paid by the VA.

There, she is studying human development and hopes to one day work with other female veterans, especially those deployed in war zones. Wise was also able to receive two years of transitional housing from the VA.

Though she is still "hypervigilant," her PTSD symptoms are much "milder."

"I've got the greatest counselor on earth," said Wise. "I can continue school and now with the housing program I have a place to live and continue school."

Her advice to other women veterans is to "get mental health help right away."

"I sought it out and was not ashamed to get it," she said. "A lot of women are ashamed because they are in the military and are supposed to be tough. I just knew that I needed it and didn't want to suffer."

For information about available services contact the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Those seeking support can contact "Swords to Plowshares" for their list of national resources.

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