VA Launches Hotline for Women Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched a new hotline to receive and respond to questions about the many VA resources available to female veterans. Veterans, their families and caregivers are encouraged to call 1-855-VA-WOMEN, where knowledgeable VA employees who can provide information about benefits including health care services for women, claims and education, as well as information about VA cemeteries and memorial benefits. Staff can answer urgent questions and provide referrals for mental health services and resources for homeless women veterans.
Nearly 15 percent of today’s active duty military personnel are women and females comprise 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces. The population of women veterans using VA health care has more than doubled, rising from 160,000 in 2000 to more than 354,000 in 2012.
FRA strongly supports VA efforts to create an appropriate model of care for women veterans. Further, the VA should enhance its sexual trauma and other gender-specific programs and continue to improve services tailored to women veterans in all VA facilities.