Lawmakers calling for Department of Veterans Affairs to better serve women

A woman who risks her life as active duty military shouldn’t have to risk it once she gets home.

Cherissa Jackson with AMVETS said as more women serve in the armed forces, more women need quality health care from veterans affairs.

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger said these women have high suicide rates, like their male counterparts, but they also have specific female medical concerns.

“We need to make sure the VA is responsive to some of the particular needs female veterans have,” Congresswoman Spanberger said.

In a letter, lawmakers are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to better serve women.

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This includes making changes to ensure VA facilities can provide mammograms and other basic medical services for females.

“We need to make sure they are getting the treatment and the care that is specific to women,” she added.

VA officials hope their proposed 2020 budget helps address disparities for females. It includes more than $540 million to strengthen care for women veterans. 

Supporters said a boost in resources is a positive step.

Lawmakers want assurance there’s enough money in the VA’s budget for all those who serve to get the health care they need.

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