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Family building has long been a challenge in the military community. Limited IVF access has only made it more difficult.
Service members and their spouses struggling with infertility are starting to speak out, encouraging policymakers to expand insurance coverage for family-building treatments.
Nearly 300,000 women served during the Iraq War. Two decades later, they remain ‘the invisible veterans.’
The increase in women soldiers, and the visibility of their service, led to policy changes over the next 20 years.
How the $857.9 billion annual defense bill could impact women and military families
The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, includes provisions addressing sexual violence and challenges related to family relocation.
When the military orders families to move, spouses are left to 'figure it out'
The secretary of defense announced new efforts to help military families shoulder the struggles that come with frequent moves.
The 19th Explains: How pregnant veterans may access abortions despite state restrictions
In loosening its rules on abortion, the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to adopt a policy more in line with the Department of Defense.
105 years to make a bra: How women’s military uniforms are evolving
In the last decade, there has been a wave of changes to women service members’ uniforms — which many experts and historians agree reflects broader efforts to improve gender equity in the military.
The 19th Explains: How a recent court opinion could clear the way for military sexual assault survivors to find justice
A judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenged a decades-old ruling, allowing a colonel to take her sexual assault case to civil trial.
New Senate bill aims to provide veterans with a ‘private, hygienic place to nurse their children’
Only half of VA medical facilities currently provide designated nursing rooms, and those that exist are only for employees — not for veterans or their partners receiving care.
Latina veterans saw themselves in Vanessa Guillén. A new documentary tells their stories.
In an exclusive interview with The 19th, Andrea Patiño Contreras, the film’s director, spoke about making the film, the resilience of survivors of military sexual violence.
‘The government owns your body’: What abortion access now looks like for the military
The Pentagon says abortion services will continue as before for the military community. But some lawmakers demand that more is done to protect service members seeking care.