Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Interdisciplinary: Social Worker, Public Administration & Nonprofit Management

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford


The Military & Veterans Affairs Office in Monterey County stated 20,674 veterans. They provide advocacy, assistance, and services designed to enhance the lives of the county’s veterans who served their country in the Armed Forces, their families, and their survivors. While this purpose is both efficient and admirable, there are still unmet needs in the veteran community. Increasing the support for women veterans within the veteran community requires further effort to address adequately. They are addressing this by understanding the contributing factors, several of which are related to stigma, lack of understanding services, and trauma. This survey took a closer look at women veterans’ needs and their association with services. The results and recommendations shown from the study are positive, indicating a potential solution to a large part of this problem. It is recommended that changes occur to increase awareness of women veterans’ needs. Where possible, have women veterans representatives. It is recommended that efforts be made to allow women veterans to feel comfortable and reach out for support through the veterans’ services. Also, do more outreach to women veterans to get them more involved and connected to services.