The California Women Veterans Survey is a biennial survey that assesses the needs and challenges of women living in the State of California who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Begun in 2009, this survey is administered by the California Research Bureau (CRB) on behalf of and in collaboration with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
The purpose of the survey is to document and track the status and experiences of California women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and to use those research findings to inform policy discussions. Additionally, the survey is designed to encourage women veterans to connect to services available through CalVet and other state and federal departments and local organizations.
This report presents information from the 2013 California Women Veteran Survey. The results suggest there is an opportunity for increased outreach and education among women veteran communities. Most respondents were unaware of all the state's veteran-related benefits and services to which they are entitled. Some of those who may be eligible for service-connected disability compensation had not filed claims. Many who had not used U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare reported they did not realize they were eligible.
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Military Sexual Trauma and California's Women Veterans
Housing Instability and Homelessness
State Veteran Benefit Utilization
The Impact on Childcare Needs on Employment and Healthcare
*If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Matthew Buttice, CRB Senior Policy Analyst, at (916) 653-6972 or
In 2011, CalVet and the Commission asked the CRB to conduct a second iteration of the Women Veterans Survey. This iteration of the survey was used to measure the current needs of women veterans and establish a baseline for service utilization. The survey was available from October 1, 2011 until January 31st, 2012. Nearly 900 women veterans responded to the survey.
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View 2011 report summary Briefly Stated
Women Veterans Benefits
Women Veterans & Employment
Women Veterans & Mental Health
Women Veterans & MST
In 2008, the Commission on the Status of Women and Assemblymember (now Senator) Lois Wolk asked the California Research Bureau (CRB) to administer a survey to California women who had served in the Armed Forces. This survey led to "California's Women Veterans: The Challenges and Needs of Those Who Served," a 2009 report that provided insight to state legislators on the service barriers to California women veterans.
View full 2009 report.
Research Bureau Reports
CalVet Women Veterans