With the increasing support of women entering traditionally male occupations, more females are becoming part of the veteran population. Because of the increasing population of women veterans, it is important to investigate the problems and support services exclusive to women. Previous research is limited when looking at the female veteran population and their experiences. This study strives to uncover through a qualitative descriptive research design the common issues that the population from Iraq and Afghanistan face in their process of reintegration into society. Some of these problems include finding community, finding identity, toxic male dominance. This study also evaluates the resources and effectiveness of these resources for helping women dealing with reintegration issues. This qualitative study finds commonalities between experiences and interventions. The themes discovered include finding community, finding identity, male dominance, interventions, and mixed feelings about the VA. The data comes from interviews of personalized experiences of women veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan living in the United States. The interviews consisted of open-ended questions that will hopefully help bridge the gap between health care providers and veterans. This research will also give more accessible research on the availability of resources for those dealing with reintegration problems.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2023


Dr. Julie Duckart PhD, OTR/L

Mentor Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)