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RESEARCH STUDY: Rental Housing Search and Occupancy Experiences of Veterans with Military Associated Disabilities

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Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 16:06 Friday, 07 December 2012 14:50

Veterans with military associated disabilities who live in rental housing are invited to participate in a research study to bring awareness of their rental housing search and occupancy experiences (get flyer HERE). If you are interested in participating in this research study, please click on the following link to access the electronic version of this study: ####.

Participants have until Saturday, December 15, 2012 to complete the survey. For participating in this study, veterans have the opportunity to enter into a drawing to win 1 of 4 money orders in the amount of $50.00!

Purpose of the study

The purpose of this study is to investigate the rental housing search and occupancy experiences of veterans with disabilities whose injuries were sustained while serving in the U.S. military. As you may know, the supply of accessible housing units is small and the number of housing discrimination grievances filed by or on behalf of persons with disabilities is significant. To date, there have been few studies looking into the rental housing accessibility issues of veterans with disabilities. The goals of this research are to:
  1. bring awareness of veterans' rental housing experiences,
  2. to promote an increase in the number of accessible housing units (by highlighting the role of the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines), and
  3. to advocate for the availability of grants for housing modifications, especially for veterans with less than a 90% disability rating.
If you have any questions regarding this research, contact Luz Semeah via phone (561-603-2350) or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Researchers at Virginia Tech and at Cornell University are conducting this research study. The Virginia Tech's Institutional Review Board approved this study.

Obituary - Colonel Dorothy "Dottie" G. Crouch

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2012 13:37 Friday, 20 January 2012 13:19

Colonel Dorothy "Dottie" G. Crouch (USAFBSC, Ret), a resident of Air Force Village II and Freedom House, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012.  Dottie was born on March 24, 1920 in Norfolk, Virginia.  She graduated from Women's College in Greensboro, NC with a BS in Physical Education and then taught school for more than a year.

Dottie entered the Army Air Corp and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant at Camp Atterburg, Indiana in 1945.  Dottie went on to serve as a Physical Therapist in the Army Air Corp and then joined the USAF Biomedical Sciences Corp.  She was promoted to Colonel in 1973.  Her assignments included Newfoundland, Alaska, Philippines and Japan.  Her military decorations included the Legion of Merit.

Colonel Crouch first met her late husband, Maj General Thomas Crouch in 1947 while she was a patient at Fitzsimmons with a broken leg and he was serving his residency for orthopedic surgery.  They met again many years later at Randolph AFB and were married in 1972 in Alvin, Texas.  They lived in Houston for 32 years before moving to AFVII in 2004.  In retirement, Dottie took up golf and won tournaments as golf became her main hobby.

Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Maj General Thomas Crouch and is survived by her step-son, James Crouch of Houston, Texas and step-daughter, Mary Lynn Spangler of Vanderpool, Texas.  She was interred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.


Seeking Female Veterans for Research Study

Monday, 15 August 2011 10:03

Surveying Women Veterans As They Grow Older

Women have served valiantly in various capacities during America's wars and conflicts since the Revolutionary War.  The addition of a nursing auxiliary to the Army during the Spanish-American War marked the first formal establishment of women in the military, with women's roles growing ever since.  World War II (WWII) was the first era in which women served in relatively large numbers and under full military status as part of the Women's Army Corps (WAC), the Navy's WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), the Marine Corps Women's Reserve, the Coast Guard Women's Reserve (known as SPARS, Semper Paratus--Always Ready) and the WASPS (Women Air Force Service Pilots).  As of 2006, there were an estimated 149,000 living women veterans of WWII.  Since WWII, women have continued to serve under full military status in the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War and increasingly in active combat duty since the 1990s.  Only recently, however, has research begun to examine the wartime experiences of woman Veterans.

The Stress, Health, and Aging Research Project (SHARP) at the VA Boston Healthcare System is seeking female Veterans age 55 and older for a study examining the thoughts and feelings of aging Veterans related to their wartime experiences.  Through this research, we are hoping to gain a better understanding of Veterans as they age and to be able to educate healthcare workers to provide the best possible care for our older Veterans.  Participation includes a 20-minute telephone interview and a mail survey (about 70-80 minutes total).  To date, over 150 Veterans have participated in the study.  Any female Veteran aged 55 or older who is interested in participating may call our Project Coordinator, Anica Pless Kaiser, at 1-800-865-3384 ext. 45309.


Major General Jeanne M. Holm, USAF (Retired)

Major General Jeanne M. Holm, USAF (Ret.)
June 23, 1921 – February 15, 2010

Anyone who would like to send a commemorative tribute about Jeanne M. Holm, Major General, USAF, Retired, who died on Feb. 15, is invited to share memories, stories, experiences or thoughts on the impact of her historic role.

You may send your comments to Pat Murphy, Col, USAF, Ret, president of Air Force Women Officers Associated at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to Grace Blancett, CMSgt, USAF, Ret at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Deadline for submissions is March 15.

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