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This presentation will help service providers and professionals to better understand the complexities and needs of women service members and veterans by highlighting topics specific to women with current or previous service in the United States military. Participants will be presented with data about the female service member and veteran populations as compared to their male counterparts, on both a state and national level. Current behavioral health trends surrounding topics including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Abuse, and Military Sexual Trauma will be reviewed. Participants will also be given an understanding of the historical and cultural complexities of military service for women, along with variances in generational conflicts and types of service.
Ariel L. David is the Project Coordinator of the Armed Services Network of Louisiana, an initiative by a community coalition, the Jefferson Parish Alliance of Concerned Citizens, to address the needs of Louisiana service members and veterans. Previously, Ariel served on active duty in the United States Navy, in the field of aviation and combat operations. Ariel has received multiple awards for her military service, including the both the Navy and Army Achievement Medals. After spending 8+ years in the military, Ariel now focuses on coalition building and community advocacy and development, with a special focus on unique sub-populations. She also serves on the Boards for several Louisiana non-profits and is a founding member of an international aid organization.