Good News for Women Veterans?
Posted by sherrysaunders on June 25, 2010
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has been on the stump saying that two of his major priorities are ending homelessness among veterans and improving health care services for women veterans. This week he kept up the drum roll as he visited several female veterans’ health centers. This is good news for women veterans, since they are 3.6 times more likely than women who are not veterans to become homeless.
On the health care front, we need to not only improve health care to address the needs of women veterans we need to let them know that the services exist. According to research done by BPW Foundation, women veterans often do not self-identify as veterans and are so often unaware of the services available to them.
It is essential that this country deal with the problems facing our growing population of women veterans. There are currently more than 1.8 million women veterans and it is anticipated that another 150,000 will transition out of the military during next 5 years.
I for one will be watching the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to see if their actions match their promises.