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VA awards record number of grants for women's health services

In its continuing effort to improve the health care services of women veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs has released the largest number of one-year grants ever awarded to facilities targeting women’s health services.

In its continuing effort to improve the health care services of women veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs has released the largest number of one-year grants ever awarded to facilities targeting women’s health services.

The VA has awarded 33 grants to VA facilities that plan to improve female vets' health through emergency health care services, education programs for VA staff and telehealth services for women vets living in rural areas.

“These grant-funded projects enable VA to continue to enhance care for women veterans and exceed patient expectations,” VA Undersecretary for Health Robert Petzel said in a statement. “We are committed to providing individualized, sensitive care to women veterans.”

VA’s announcement of the grants comes at a time when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has declared an end to the exclusion rule for female servicemembers in ground combat, and announced that the Defense Department will begin to implement plans to expand women's combat roles.

Women represent 15 percent of active duty military and nearly 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces. By 2020, VA estimates that women will make up 10 percent of the entire veteran population.

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