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Women in the War Zone

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As women become more involved in the armed forces, the need for female-veteran services has become much more apparent. “The influx of female veterans from the war zones is understandable, as women in combat have become fairly common,” writes Roger Neumann of the Star-Gazette.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has a great video that “presents the many trauma treatment options available to women Veterans …”

Hosted by Jane Pauley, distinguished television news anchorwoman and journalist, the video examines how women’s deployment to war zones can lead to stress responses. Testimonials by women Veterans offer proof that treatment does make a difference and can help the Veteran return to normal life.

The video also describes the considerable contributions of women in service to their country.

 Toward the end of last year, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced that the VA would begin a four-year study that would examine the effects that the Vietnam War had on female veterans’ physical and mental health.

“One of my top priorities is to meet the needs of women Veterans,” said Secretary Shinseki.  “Our Veterans have earned the very best care.  VA realizes that women Veterans require specialized programs, and this study will help VA provide high-quality care for women Veterans of the Vietnam era.”

According to the VA:

Women Veterans are one of the fastest growing segments of the Veteran population.  There are approximately 1.8 million women Veterans among the nation’s total of 23 million living Veterans.  Women comprise 7.8 percent of the total Veteran population and nearly 5.5 percent of all Veterans who use VA health care services.  VA estimates women Veterans will constitute 10.5 percent of the Veteran population by 2020 and 9.5 percent of all VA patients.

In recent years, VA has undertaken a number of initiatives to create or enhance services for women Veterans, including the implementation of comprehensive primary care throughout the nation, staffing every VA medical center with a women Veterans program manager, supporting a multifaceted research program on women’s health, improving communication and outreach to women Veterans, and continuing the operation of organizations like the Center for Women Veterans and the Women Veterans Health Strategic Healthcare Group.

Readers: What services do female veterans need more than their male counterparts?

http://ow.ly/1orPm

http://www.stargazette.com/article/20100408/NEWS01/4080413/1113/Roger-That–Bath-VA-to-open-women-s-health-clinic

http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1821

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Written by traumalines

April 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

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