One of my concerns and rightfully so was that civilians do not seem to see females as veterans or military. You literally could stand there in formation in uniform in front of a roomful of civilians and they cant seem to register the women in formation. You see this everyday on a TV commercial by DAV or WWP that will show male veterans but hardly ever female veterans, you might see a female but usually a spouse. It would be no wonder then that civilians don't see females as veterans.
This would explain why a subject like homelessness among female veterans is a relatively new issue due to the traditional assumption that the military was made for men. Multidisciplinary efforts between agencies in the US Government has fostered the development of systems and policies that provide proper housing for all veterans with particular consideration of women and their unique needs. There has been low public participation in the debate concerning homelessness among female veterans, but the problems in urban housing are raising awareness among the general population. Media commentators, political pundits, politicians, and the public agree to offer proper houses to female veterans. The election of women veterans in Congress is bound to make the debate less opinionated and more objective in a bid to counter the expected future challenges. The central gap in most political and media pieces is minimal coverage of homelessness among women without inclusion of men.