VA Focusing More Research on Female Veterans’ Health Issues

Over the past decade the number of female veterans seeking health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has nearly doubled. With the number of female soldiers on the rise – nearly 20% of new recruits are women – the VA health system is stepping up to increase the availability and quality of women’s services at their facilities.

Across the nation, 37 VA health centers are taking part in the Women’s Health Research Network, which studies women’s health care issues. Some of the topics the researchers are focusing on include pregnancy and infant care, military sexual trauma, and how certain service-related conditions and diseases impair women differently than men.

Another main area of focus is heart health, which has been a growing concern for both civilian and veteran women. According to Dr. Sally Haskell, director of comprehensive women’s health for the Veterans Health Administration, female veterans between the ages of 45 and 65 are the most commonly seen age range for heart health issues.

For female veterans facing disabilities due to a combat-related injury or illness, gaining access to the benefit of health care from the VA is made simpler when you file for veterans’ disability. Applying for veterans’ disability benefits can be a long and frustrating process – one that is often made easier by working with a veterans’ disability attorney.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today  1-855-855-8992.