News Women Veterans’ Network Study | Final Report

Report on a study conducted by the DVS on the changing needs of women veterans in the Commonwealth.
  • Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services
  • Massachusetts Women Veterans' Network
  • Public Consulting Group

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Linnea Walsh, Director of Communications and Intergovernmental Relations

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) engaged Public Consulting Group (PCG) to conduct a demographic analysis, survey, and focus groups on women veterans in order to:

  • Provide a better understanding of the population of women veterans in Massachusetts.
  • Examine the unique circumstances that women veterans face and the issues that impact them.
  • Understand how to best direct resources to support them in the future.
  • Provide guidance on how best to develop strategic outreach programs to identify and connect with women veterans in Massachusetts.

PCG worked with DVS and the Women Veterans’ Network (WVN) to develop key findings and recommendations based on the information gathered via demographic review, 581 valid survey responses from women veterans in Massachusetts, and eight focus groups for women veterans, conducted both virtually and in person. Surveys were collected in February and March 2022, and focus groups were conducted in March and April 2022.

PCG’s findings from across the demographic research, survey responses, and focus group feedback gathered during the course of this project can be organized into several high-level themes, presented in the report found below for the public record.

Women Veterans' Network Study | Final Report

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Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services 

The mission of the Department of Veterans’ Services is to advocate on behalf of all the Commonwealth’s veterans and provide them with quality support services and to direct an emergency financial assistance program for those veterans and their dependents who are in need.

Massachusetts Women Veterans' Network 

The Department of Veterans' Services acknowledges that women veterans may have needs and concerns not experienced by the male population and created the Women Veterans’ Network in 1997. Its purpose is to find women who served in the military, some of whom may not be aware that they are veterans and eligible for benefits they have earned through their service. The Network is the central resource for Women Veterans in Massachusetts.

Public Consulting Group

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG helps primarily public sector health, education, and human services organizations make measurable improvements to their performance and processes.