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VA Launches Women Veterans Hotline
“I want women Veterans and women serving in uniform … to see and know that VA is committed to fulfilling [their] needs.”
~ Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki
Women Veterans are on the rise. And the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the launch of its new women Veterans hotline - 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) - an incoming call center to receive and respond to questions from Veterans, their families and caregivers, about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans.
The hotline is staffed by knowledgeable women VA employees who can provide information about benefits and health care services for women. Callers can be linked to information on claims, education or health care appointments, as well as information about VA cemeteries and memorial benefits. Hotline staff can also answer urgent questions and provide referrals to homeless and mental health services as well as provide Vet Center information.
In VA’s press release of April 23rd, we learn that women make up nearly 15 percent of today’s active duty military and 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces, and that number is growing. The population of women Veterans using VA benefits, including health care, is growing rapidly. It is important that women Veterans know they are entitled to apply for the same benefits as their male counterparts, which include health care and pharmacy benefits as well as education benefits, disability compensation, home loans, employment assistance and more.
Read VA's national VAntage Point blog post here for additional information. Women Veterans and women currently serving in the military matter, and VA works continuously to expand on the services currently provided to women Veterans. Remember to thank a woman Veteran today for serving this fine country. She deserves the best care - anywhere.
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