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Homeless Veterans' Initiatives
VA Focuses on Women Veterans
Links Between Single TBI and Alzheimers Noted
Changes to 9/11-GI Bill
$30 Million Partnership to Improve Vets' Access to Jobs
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VA Focuses on Women Veterans

Women Veterans are one of the fastest growing segments of the Veteran population. Of the 22.7 million living Veterans, more than 1.8 million are women. They comprise nearly 8 percent of the total Veteran population and 6 percent of all Veterans who use VA health care services.

Recently the Department of Veterans Affairs has made a big push to address the needs of female Veterans. This initiative includes reaching out to these women for input on how to improve health care services by sharing their experiences with VA.

“We are taking a proactive approach to enhancing VA health care for women Veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We are seeking the input of women Veterans so that VA can continue to provide high quality health care to the growing numbers of women Veterans.”

Representatives at VA’s Health Resource Center (HRC) are placing calls to women Veterans nationwide, asking them to share their experiences with VA and suggest potential enhancements that will further VA’s mission to provide the best care anywhere.

VA has trained professionals in all aspects of women’s health, including general primary care, osteoporosis management, heart disease, mental health care, menopausal services and obesity-related issues, such as diabetes. Preventive screenings for breast and cervical cancer are also areas in which VA excels. Soon, all VA facilities will offer comprehensive primary care for women from a single provider.

The Women Veterans Health Care program has made significant changes in the last few years to enhance the health care offered to eligible women Veterans. This progress includes:

· Adopting key policies to improve access and enhance services for women Veterans;

· Implementing comprehensive primary care for women Veterans;

· Conducting cutting-edge research on the effects of military service on women’s lives;

· Improving communication and outreach to women Veterans; and

· Providing mental health, homelessness and other services designed to meet the unique needs of women Veterans

For more information about VA programs and services for women Veterans, please visit: www.va.gov/womenvet and www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth.

 

 


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