As female veteran, especially one who has lost sisters in arms to suicide, I can say without a doubt that women face special challenges while in service and thereafter. These challenges are not at all understood by medical professionals, the military or society as a whole. Women in service, especially women in combat face constant scrutiny. We are belittled and undermined at every path in our careers. We are forced to work much harder for little to no rewards. When we leave service we are run out of veterans groups like the VFW and treated with disdain and malice by the men who also served. There is an ingrained knee-jerk reaction to women veterans that implied we were uninvolved and not at all crucial to the military. It should be easy to understand how this leads directly and inevitably to depression and suicide. However, women are overlooked and dismissed due to the same assumptions that drive us to such ends. We need a representative that will truly understand and drive to stop these stereotypes and give women their dignity back. One who will seek to develop programs meant to help women vets with respect not to belittle their efforts and treat them as weak and inept.