The increase in female soldiers over the years has led to more female veterans whose needs differ from their male counterparts. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has already responded to this situation in many ways, and is now seeking feedback on a full strategic report on their upcoming efforts.
Recent needs have focused on more services for women at VA hospitals, consideration for housing needs of female veterans with children, and more attention paid to military sexual harassment and assault.
The draft of the report will be open for comments until June 13 via public comment board. Once the public comment period is over, VA officials will review the public opinion and revise their draft as needed before officially proposing the plan.
In 2011, nearly 1.8 million of the 22.2 million veterans in the U.S. were female, and this number is expected to increase to 2 million by 2020. This is in contrast to the slowly declining number of male veterans, which was estimated at 20.2 million in 2010 and is expected to shrink to 16.7 million by 2020.
As more female veterans become eligible for VA services, they may qualify for veterans’ disability benefits if they suffered a combat-related injury or service-connected condition. In some cases, disabling conditions that impair women differently from men can cause additional concerns in a veterans’ disability application, which is where a veterans’ disability attorney can help.
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.