Some will undoubtedly say, “It’s about time…” and there is no question that services for women veterans have been lacking.
Women veterans are one of the fastest-growing segments of the veteran population. Of the 22.7 million living veterans, more than 1.8 million are women. They comprise nearly 8 percent of the total veteran population and 6 percent of all veterans who use U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) health care services.
And yet, the VA has been slow to adapt to the change. Until now.
The VA has begun a major initiative to reach out to women veterans to get their input on ways to improve health care services that the VA provides them. Representatives at VA’s Health Resource Center (HRC) are placing calls to women veterans nationwide, asking them to share their experiences with VA and make suggestions to help VA achieve its mission of providing the best care anywhere.
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.