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Women Veterans

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For the first time in the U.S. history, women comprise about 11% of American troops who serve in combat theaters in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that women will soon account for 10 % of the total veteran population.

Women veterans have unique needs and challenges that affect their ability to maintain meaningful employment. For instance, many are single parents with dependent children, and they have histories of trauma, especially of a sexual nature. VA and community-based service providers have developed programs that offer specialized services for women.

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  • All VA medical centers and many readjustment counseling vet centers have a designated program manager to help women veterans access VA benefits and health-care services. For a state-by-state listing of Veterans Health Administration facilities, click here.
  • VA began a system-wide initiative in November 2008 to make comprehensive primary care for women veterans available at every VA medical facility (medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics). According to a GAO report released in July 2009, the facilities are in various stages of implementing this initiative.
  • All Veterans Benefits Administration regional offices have a coordinator to help women veterans apply for VA benefits and assistance programs. To locate your local office, click here. 
  • Most State Departments of Veterans Affairs have a designated coordinator to help women veterans.
    A list of coordinators can be found here.
  • Some community-based organizations have programs specifically designed for homeless women veterans.
    Find an organization near you here.

A collection of employment-specific resources for women veterans can be found below:

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VA Women Second Sourcebook

VA releases second women veterans sourcebook. The Department of Veterans Affairs has released the Volume 2 of their women veterans sourcebook. Here are some details:

 • Health-Care Usage

The number of women VA healthcare nearly doubled over the past decade, from 175,698 in the fiscal year, 2001, to 316,903 in the fiscal year 2010. Women veterans now comprise 6% of VA patients. They also use outpatient care more than men.

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• Age Distribution

More than a decade ago, the age distribution of women veterans showed two peaks—at ages 44 and 77. In FY10, a third peak appeared—at age 27. 42% of women veteran patients were 18-44 years old, 45% were 45-64 years old, and 13% were older than 65.

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• Residence

More women veterans resided in urban areas than rural areas in FY10 (64% in urban and 36% in rural).

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VHA Services for Women Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook defines the scope of VHA services for women veterans.


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Maternity Healthcare and Coordination

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook establishes procedures for providing and coordinating maternity care for pregnant women veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health-care system.

Authority: Title 38 United States Code §§1703, 1710, and 8153; and Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations §17.38.


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Preventing Veteran suicide is a top priority for VHA

Championed by Secretary Robert Wilkie, preventing Veteran suicide is a top priority for VHA and a national public health issue that affects all Americans. Just as in the general population, there is no single cause of suicide among Veterans. A death by Suicide often reflects the complex interaction of risk factors at the individual, community, and societal levels. 

Over the last decade, VHA has implemented numerous programs, policies, and initiatives related to suicide prevention. One example is our upcoming campaign across our facilities to engage media to promote/discuss their local suicide prevention programs and efforts during Jan. 22-25.

VA partners with hundreds of organizations at the national and local levels to raise awareness of VA’s suicide prevention resources and to educate people about how they can support Service members and Veterans in their communities. 

Some of the resources VA offers to Veterans, their family members and friends include: 

• The #BeThere campaign — emphasizing that everyday connections can make a big difference to someone going through a difficult time and that individuals don't need special training to safely talk about suicide risk or show concern for someone in crisis. '

• Make the Connection — providing hopeful stories, information and solutions to issues affecting Veterans. 

• The Veterans Crisis Line — a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text to connect with qualified, caring VA responders. Call 1-800-273-8255and Press 1, chat online, or text a message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24/7/365. All of us should have this number in our cell phones should you or your Veteran be in need of support. 

Learn more about what you can do to help prevent Veterans’ suicide, and read about VHA employees making a difference every day at

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