Women make up 15 percent of today’s U.S. military. More than 356,000 women currently serve in the Armed Forces (Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves), and more than 255,000 women have been deployed thus far to Iraq or Afghanistan. Additionally, tens of thousands are deployed or stationed elsewhere around the globe.
Although 2.5 million women have served in the military, enormous barriers to equal treatment, equal opportunity and improved quality of life still persist. Few organizations exist to provide gender-specific support and services to address the challenges women face in the military.
SWAN was established in 2007 to provide women veterans with the resources and community support to heal their wounds and readjust to civilian society. SWAN has since become a groundbreaking 501(c)3 human rights organization providing national policy advocacy and direct services to servicewomen and women veterans.