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VA ramps up effort to reach women vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs last month bolstered a campaign to raise awareness among women veterans and assure them that the agency wants to provide women with optimal health care services.

The Department of Veterans Affairs last month bolstered a campaign to raise awareness among women veterans and assure them that the agency wants to provide women with optimal health care services.

Women represent 15 percent of active duty military and nearly 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces, and by 2020, VA estimates that women will make up 10 percent of the entire veteran population, according to a Nov. 26 news release.

VA created nationwide public service announcement as part of an ongoing effort to change the culture of the military to better meet the needs of women vets.

“It is important that women veterans receive the high-quality health care and benefits they have earned through their service,” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said.

Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration, added, “Not all women who served their country identify as veterans and many women veterans are unaware that VA offers high-quality women’s health care. One of the most important aspects of our efforts to serve women veterans is to make sure each one of them knows we’re here.”

To see more, go to: www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2403. An outreach toolkit is available at www.womenshealth.va.gov/toolkits.asp, and other informational materials are at www.womenshealth.va.gov/culture_change.asp.

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