Women Veterans

The post-9/11 generation includes the highest percentage of women veterans in American history. Despite the Combat Exclusion Policy in place until early 2013, these women veterans are significantly more likely to have experienced combat compared with women who served in prior eras. They are also younger and more diverse than their male peers.

These women veterans are also participating in The Mission Continues programs at high rates – 34% of Mission Continues Fellows are women veterans, as are 31% of service platoon members. In an effort to understand the reasons for this high rate of participation, The Mission Continues commissioned a study of female veterans in our programs. The results shed light on a generation of women who are proud of their service yet encountered challenges and obstacles unique of their male peers. The findings also underscore the importance of strengthening communities here at home.


“I hope to relay to others that regardless of our life experiences or political differences, our common thread is to create a world that is better for our children. Serving our communities in service projects are a means to this end but more importantly, the relationships we build while doing so serve to evaporate our differences and instead focus the good for all.”

Leslie Premo

Our work

In New Orleans in 2016, close to 60 women veterans from all over the country gathered for a weekend to discuss everything from how to get out of debt, to owning their identity as a woman veteran, to starting a business, to making sure they get the full range of women’s health services offered by Veterans Affairs.

We continued that program over the next three years, and have now built upon it to create something new, the Women Veterans Leadership Program, a 5 month opportunity for women veterans to take the next step to be leaders in their community.


Read about what the women veterans in our programs are accomplishing

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