Watch as Kimberly Olson, Colonel USAF (ret.) discusses PTSD on television.
Read more: Kimberly Olson, Colonel USAF ret. from Grace After Fire featured on television - May 2013
“You can’t swing a dead cat in Fort Worth without hitting some organization that says it’s serving veterans,” said Olson, the charismatic, straight-talking CEO of women’s veterans group Grace After Fire, based in Fort Worth. “But I’d rather have the space for helping veterans be crowded, with lots of people trying to do good work within it, than have it be cavernous, with nobody there to help us.”
Read more: Honoring Their Service
Colonel Kim Olson on the radio discussing Grace After Fire - April 2013
Read more: Colonel Olson Radio Interview
Even as the Pentagon lifts the ban on women in combat roles, returning servicewomen are facing a battlefield of a different kind.
They are now the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, an often invisible group bouncing between sofa and air mattress, overnighting in public storage lockers, living in cars and learning to park inconspicuously on the outskirts of shopping centers to avoid the violence of the streets.
Projects and organizations that are non-profits continue to grow to provide assistance for women veterans. Protect-Connect-Renew targeted toward women veterans, offers conferences with workshops dealing with various issues effecting women veterans, as well as providing relaxation activities, and one on one counseling. Grace After Fire is one of these organizations providing assistance.
Watch as Michelle Rosales-Kneubhul discusses the transition women Veterans face when returning home.
Read more: Women Veteran Transition Back Into Community
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