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5:35 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Michigan Women's Commission surveys female veterans on needed services

Michigan's female veterans can now take a survey to help policymakers develop services that will better fit their needs.

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The Michigan Women's Commission is conducting the survey.

Susy Avery is the executive director of the commission. She says the main goal of the survey is identify service gaps, and fix them.

"I think awareness is critical," Avery said. "So many times when you're hearing a lot of stories about veterans, women are kind of left out of it because they just don't realize that there are so many of them."

Michigan is home to more than 50,000 women who have served in the military.

The survey includes questions about female veterans' health and other issues.

"Sometimes women veterans are overlooked and we just want to be their advocates for them and champions because we want Michigan to be one of the best places that women veterans can come back to and live here," Avery said.

The commission plans to publish the results and share them with policymakers early next year.

You can excess the survey at: https://www.research.net/s/Michiganwomenveteranssurvey

– Alyse Guenther, Michigan Radio Newsroom