VA Connecticut Healthcare System
"She Also Served"
Rethink your definition of veteran. Many women who served in the military don’t identify themselves as veterans. But just like their male counterparts, if they served, they are veterans. The definition of veteran hasn’t changed but the population has: it’s younger, increasingly female, and with different health care needs.
Soldiers are returning home and, increasingly, these returning soldiers are women. Women are the fastest growing subpopulation of Veterans and VA is evolving its facilities to better serve them. All VA medical centers are implementing comprehensive primary health care for women, using state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology. More than 1,500 VA providers are trained in women’s health care. This care is coordinated by Women Veterans Program Managers dedicated to making sure every woman Veteran gets the care she needs. Facilities have been upgraded to offer more privacy and security. In addition to health care, VA benefits include employment services, education, home loans, and life insurance. If you know a woman who served, ask her if she’s checked out VA lately.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is working tirelessly to enhance care, improve services, and change its culture to serve this growing population. If you know a woman who served, ask her if she’s checked out VA lately. To learn more, call the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Women Veterans Program Manager at 203-932-5711 ext. 5400.