Currently, women make up a larger percentage of the active force, are serving in all branches of the military, and are eligible for assignment in most military occupational specialties except for direct combat roles. The number of women serving in the military has increased and has significantly impacted the services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Projections show that women now comprise a higher percentage of the veteran population, and these numbers will most likely increase as time goes by.
The biggest concern for most women veterans is the lack of women in counseling positions who are available to address their concerns and fears. The most frequently asked questions from women veterans, along with the answers, can now be found on the Center for Women Veterans website www1.va.gov/womenvet/. These 25 questions are the ones we hear most often, said the Director of the Center for Women Veterans. Too many women veterans dont know they are eligible for the full range of VA benefits and too many are unaware of special programs designed just for them.
BENEFITS & SERVICES FOR WOMEN VETERANS
As a woman veteran, you may be entitled to one or more of the following benefits.
Sexual Trauma and Assault Counseling
Disability Compensation for service related disabilities
Disability Pension for non-service related disabilities
Education Assistance Programs
Vocational Rehabilitation & Counseling
Home Loan Benefits
Medical Inpatient and Outpatient care
Substance Abuse treatment and counseling
Nursing Home care
Burial in a VA National Cemetery
Survivors' Benefit Programs
For more information on the above, please contact the Grand Junction V.A. Medical Center at 970-242-0731.
Editors Note: This article was submitted by the Colorado state veterans Home in Rifle. They can be reached at 970-625-0842
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