In Focus: Biggest Obstacles Facing Female Veterans – Military Sexual Trauma

In this piece by Spectrum News In Focus, National Veterans Foundation Women Veteran Outreach Director Mary Ann Mayer is interviewed about the problem of Military Sexual Trauma that 1 in 4 women Veterans struggle with.

Watch the interview here.

Mary Ann Mayer, MSW, ASW brings extensive experience working with veterans, most recently at New Directions on the VA Campus in West Los Angeles, where she conducted individual and group therapy for homeless men and women vets, including crisis intervention. Prior to that, she was with the Clare Foundation in Santa Monica, working with dual-diagnosis homeless adults, securing housing and providing individual and group therapy. Before that, she was a grants researcher and developed volunteer training programs for the Downtown Women’s Center on Skid Row, Los Angeles. She holds a degree in English and an MFA in creative writing. She completed her MSW at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Mary Ann’s father is a Navy combat vet who served in Korea and later joined the Air Force until his retirement. Her mother was an OR nurse in the Air Force. They met on an Air Force Base in Germany. Mary Ann married a Desert Storm Navy combat vet.


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