Motorcyclists ride cross-country to El Paso for military women

Motorcyclists ride cross-country to El Paso for military women

EL PASO, Texas - A cross country motorcycle ride will pass through El Paso on Tuesday. The group is making 15 stops in 15 days to raise awareness for the high rate of veteran suicide. Members want to hear stories from the women of El Paso's military community.

The group said female veterans face higher unemployment rates, they are twice as likely to be homeless than their male veteran counterparts or women non-vets, gender-specific healthcare is lacking for women veterans and they face rape, sexual assaults and harassment. Sexual assaults increased by 50 percent in 2013.

According to the VA, women represent the fastest-growing segment of the military. 280,000 women served post-9/11. Today, women make up 20 percent of new recruits, 14.5 percent of the 1.4-million service members on active duty and 18 percent of 850,000 reservists.

The group will have some filmmakers there who are working on a new documentary focused on military women along with mothers, sisters and wives also impacted by military service. They want to hear their stories and will be at the El Paso Inn on Montana at 8:00 a.m.

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