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.

Franchon Ambrose
Melanie Schmitt
Roxana Mejia
Jessica Rose Wallace
Jenny Hoffman
Tamara Geyer
Nicole Thomas

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On March 31st, 2016 in New Orleans, close to 60 women veterans from all over the country gathered to discuss everything from how to get out of debt, to owning your identity as a woman veteran, to starting a business, to making sure you get the full range of women’s health services offered by Veterans Affairs. [Read more…]


Female Veterans Service Group Say Giving Back Gives Them Purpose

This weekend, several women who served their country are serving the city of New Orleans. A group of post 9/11 veterans said giving back has given them purpose.[…]

Women Veterans Gather to Swap Stories, Gain Experience

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Air Force veteran Liz Skilbeck recently got a new license plate for her vehicle that identifies it as being driven by a female veteran. Before that, the license plate just identified it as being driven by a veteran, causing people to thank her husband for his service.[…]

Brig. Gen. Helen G. Pratt at The Mission Continues Women Veterans Leadership Summit

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Female veterans joined together in downtown New Orleans for the Women Veterans Leadership Summit held by The Mission Continues on April 3, 2016. The Mission Continues aims to connect veterans with service projects and allows them share insights, challenges, and ways to be leaders in the community. Joining the veterans was Brig. Gen. Helen G. Pratt, commanding general, of Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, who held a work shop and spoke to the women about leadership.[…]

About The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues is a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans who are adjusting to life after the military to find purpose through civic action. We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their legacy will be one of leadership and service.