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New Veterans Have New Needs
New Veterans Have New Needs

The 21st Century veteran is not necessarily a senior citizen, thanks to several conflicts in the last quarter-century, and the director of veterans affairs of Illinois knows that firsthand.

“Some of the biggest challenges faced are those by women veterans,” says Erica Borggren, “and the unique challenges they have in adjusting, because they don’t identify (themselves) as veterans, and don’t access the resources that are out there.” Borggren wants to improve that.

Borggren says while sexual assault in the military has been a publicized problem, the statistics are not that far off from those in the civilian world, and for the most part, women in the service consider their male colleagues “brothers for life.”