Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tours Zion House in Avon

Updated: 02/18/2014 6:54 PM
Created: 02/18/2014 4:58 PM WHEC.com

It's a move to raise awareness about the needs of women in the military. On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured the Zion House in Avon. It is one of the first homes in the country for female veterans who are homeless.

Officials say at least 14,000 women in the military have spent at least one night in a shelter since September 11, 2001. Another issue Gillibrand says needs to be address is the growing number of sexual attacks against military women.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “I've spent a lot of time talking to those who've survived and they tell us they don't report it because they don't trust the chain of command or feel they'll be retaliated against or they really don't think justice is possible.”

According to the census, there are more than 1.6 million female veterans across the country.

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