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PVAHCS Reaches Out to Women Veterans

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By By Paula L. Pedene APR
Thursday, October 4, 2012

PVAHCS Reaches Out to Women Veterans
Did you know that women are the fastest growing segment of the Veteran population? Since 2000, the number of female Veterans using VA health care has more than doubled, from nearly 160,000 (FY00) to more than 337,000 (FY11). This rapid growth is projected to continue. Here are some other facts about Women Veterans:
•Women constitute nearly 15% of active duty military, 18% of National Guard and Reserve forces, and nearly 6% of VA patients.
•Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn women Veterans are using VA at higher rates than previous eras of women Veterans, including large numbers of National Guard/Reserve members.
•In the National Guard/Reserve population, VA is seeing an increased number of women Veterans in the age range of 25–60.
•The unique number of women Veterans system-wide is 18%; however, more than 56% of OEF/OIF/OND women Veterans have used VA care. •Women Veterans are entitled to the same benefits as their male counterparts.
•VA is enhancing services and access to ensure women Veterans receive the high-quality care they have earned.
•VA is rolling out enhanced women’s health care—meaning comprehensive primary care from an interested, proficient and designated women’s health provider at any access point—across facilities.
•VA knows Veterans. Because VA understands what women experience in the military, VA can serve their interests and meet their unique health care needs across all adult life stages better than anyone.
•VA covers maternity care and newborn care for eligible women Veterans.

Our Women Veterans Program Manager is Cara Garcia (602-277-5551 ext. 16764) and our Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator is Stephanie Dove (602-277-5551 ext. 14900). We hope you’ll take the time to visit our Women Veterans Program in the Amethyst Clinic.


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