A Disabled American Veterans (DAV) report finds that the Veterans Administration is not doing enough to help women veterans with their healthcare. DAV reports that, as greater percentages of women have joined the military, there is a widening gender gap in all sorts of veterans’ services, from housing to jobs to addressing sexual assault. To address this problem, DAV makes 27 recommendations, which have been accepted by the VA as “our road map for improvements,” per Dr. Carolyn Clancy, VA Acting Undersecretary for Health.
DAV’s Deputy National Legislative Director, Joy Ilem, stated, “At a time when the number of women veterans is growing to unprecedented levels, our country is simply not doing enough to meet their health, social, and economic needs,” concluding that “support systems are ill-equipped to meet the unique needs of the brave women who have defended our country.”
The number of women receiving VA care has more than doubled since 2000, as tens of thousands of predominately young women have returned from deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. The number of men joining the military is expected to decline, while the women’s rate is projected to increase to about 11% of the military population by 2020. At present, the VA reports that it has cared for 390,000 women veterans in the past year, versus 5.3 million men in the same period.
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