Veterans Health for Women

Veterans Health for Women

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by Levi Newman on October 19, 2011

Women like Margaret Corbin, the first woman known to volunteer for the United States armed services, have been serving our country since 1779. Fighting alongside her husband at Fort Washington, her ability to adapt and overcome epitomizes being a true veteran.

In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re taking a look at health benefits available to our women veterans.

The Women Veterans Health Program was created in 1988 in order to provide specific medical and psychosocial care for women. According to VetPOP, only 4.4% of veterans were women when the program was created. Since then, the program has been improved to increase the scope of services provided specifically to women, and the overall percentage of female veterans has grown to 8%.

The program includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation and substance abuse counseling and treatment. Gender-specific care is focused on services like cervical and cancer screens, birth control, preconception counseling, the Human papillomavirus vaccine and menopausal support. Mental health treatments range from depression and anxiety disorders to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Now, more than ever, women are a significant portion of our military. Veterans Affairs determined that the largest group of women veterans today served in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, making up 13% of overall veterans. The VA has found that women are more than twice as likely to develop PTSD than men, so taking care of the mental health of our women veterans is extremely important.

Women in the military continue to make tremendous contributions and profound sacrifices. Using VA-provided health services is key for both men and women in the fight to stay healthy after serving their country.

 

Photo thanks to kate.gardiner under creative commons license on Flickr.

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robert hommel October 20, 2011 at 2:29 am

I Joined the Navy to Ride the Waves !!! This Girl is HOT *** Retired …

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Dawn October 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Thanks for the inappropriate Comment Robert Hommel. I am sure that Soldier appreciates your comment. I’m sure she sighned up to serve her country just so pathetic men can make pathetic comments like that. You just gave a perfect example why women soldiers have a 1 out of 3 chance of being sexually assaulted in the military… Why woman have twice the likley hood of developing PTSD during thier military service than men do! Our choice was to serve our country… It was many of our fellow male counterparts choice to victimize and dehumanize us… Thanks Robert for your service in protecting our country and supporting a fellow soldier!

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Sandy October 29, 2011 at 9:46 am

Well said Dawn, i joined to serve my country not a man. I did run a crossed this type of attitude a lot when i was in the Army. They still think of it as a mans army. Too bad they are not enlighten.

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kay wykoff October 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Margret Corbin, Kay joined in 75 and want to be in touch,write me Please

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Adam May 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

I want to tell all Women Veterans, especially, THANK YOU for your service. Women have fought the negative stereotypes ever since women have been serving and it sometimes seems that that battle will never be over. I’m a USMC Disabled Veteran who served from ’79 through ’81, and I’m also transgendered, so yes, I served as a Woman Marine and that’s something I’m totally proud of. Sometimes, it’s the best part of me. A lot of men are just meatheads, plain and simple. They’re taught that by their upbringing and, unfortunately, they’ll never change. When men down women, it’s really not about the women, it’s about what that man thinks of himself, and his insecurities that he is projecting on to other people. Many women are better workers and just BETTER at certain jobs and some men find that threatening to their masculinity. That’s why they disrespect the women. This man, however, tips his hat to the many women who have had the courage to step forward, ever volunteers, and serve this country so well. Semper Fidelis. Always.

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