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Veterans Administration working to improve services for women

Benita Zahn
Updated: June 25, 2020 10:14 AM
Created: June 24, 2020 06:48 PM

As the nation continues reopening, that means resuming plans that were put on hold before the pandemic. For the Veterans Administration, that means continuing to improve services for women.

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As the Secretary for Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie tells NewsChannel 13's Benita Zahn, the population of female vets has grown to 800,000.

While women's clinics have been set up at all VA facilities, he knows more needs to be done, noting, female veterans are younger than the overall veteran population.

"One of the things I'm looking at and looking at with the Congress because  our women's veterans population is getting young, so that when they come in to VA, we can provide them services to take care of their children. We have that at some places but it's not system wide. The largest increase in terms of veterans using VA actually come from women veterans from the Iraq and the Afghanistan wars," said Wilkie.

He says 32 percent of female veterans eligible for services have enrolled, compared with 46 percent of men. So he knows they have room to grow.

See some of what’s being done to quickly hire more staff by watching the video of Benita Zahn’s story.


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