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September 03, 2014

The Alexia Foundation has announced Mary F. Calvert is the recipient of the 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant. Calvert is an independent photojournalist based in the US and will be using the $25,00 grant funding for her project “Missing in Action: Homeless Female Veterans.”

Connie Sue Foss was raped while in the US Army and hasn’t been able to hold down a job to care for herself and her daughter. She bears scars from punching a window during a PTSD episode and holds a molar she lost from grinding her teeth at night. Photo©Mary F. Calvert

Connie Sue Foss was raped while in the US Army and hasn’t been able to hold down a job to care for herself and her daughter. She bears scars from punching a window during a PTSD episode and holds a molar she lost from grinding her teeth at night. Photo©Mary F. Calvert

The Alexia Foundation quotes Calvert’s proposal, “Female veterans are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States and are four times more likely to become homeless than civilian women.” Yet the Department of Veteran’s Affairs is ill equipped to address the issues faced by female veterans, many of whom are mothers and single parents.

    Photo©Mary F. Calvert

Photo©Mary F. Calvert

Alexia Foundation co-founder Aphrodite Tsairis describes Calvert’s work as, “…the poster story for our mission statement. The stark emotion evoked in her images promises to deliver the raw naked truth about a neglected segment in the military – the debilitating aftermath for abused women in the armed forces.”

Congratulations to Mary F. Calvert for receiving the Women’s Initiative Grant for this important body of work!

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