Female soldiers played a much larger role in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars than was likely reported. More female soldiers mean more female veterans. More female veterans mean the Department of Veterans affairs (VA) has to expand their services to be able to provide for their unique needs.
The VA currently funds 500 community homeless shelters. Of those 500, there are only 7 providing family accommodations. This is critical because the number of female veterans using VA services doubled between 2004 and 2010. It is expected to double again by 2015. The VA is scrambling to find the resources to train their employees to properly handle female veterans. The VA is just now beginning to understand the resources and services they are going to need to provide for those female veterans who have seen combat.
Of all the women seeking VA treatment, 22% of them have suffered some sort of sexual trauma. Many female veterans feel unsafe in what they perceive as a male-dominated VA medical centers. While approximately 1 out of every 10 soldiers returning from Iraq suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), female veterans are 9 times more likely to suffer PTSD than male veterans.
The Women’s Prevention, Outreach, and Education Center (WPOEC) is in Menlo Park, California. The WPOEC’s staff is almost all women and therefore provides a unique recovery situation where women can seek treatment while bonding with other women. The Women’s Trauma Recovery Program (WTRP) is geared toward helping women recover in a supportive environment. Combined with the local VA hospital, these two programs form the VA’s only Center of Excellence for Women’s Health.
Female veterans have earned the right to receive benefits just as every other veteran. The VA must rise to the occasion to being able to provide the specialized and unique care they deserve.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.