Women make up 15 percent of our current active duty, guard and reserves. In
addition there are approximately 1.8 million total women veterans, who make up more
than 7 percent of the 23.4 million total veteran population. The Women Veterans
Health Improvement Act of 2009 will address many of the unique needs of female veterans,
particularly those women who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. According
to U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) one of the sponsors of this recent legislation,
“the number of women veterans receiving care through the VA is expected to double
in less than five years.” Therefore, Murray said, “this bill will help improve access
to quality health care services for women who have bravely served in our armed forces.
Bill sponsored changes include the following:
*VA will care for newborn children of women veterans who are receiving maternity
care from the VA
*VA to implement a program to train, educate, and certify VA mental health professionals
to care for women with sexual trauma
*VA begin pilot program to provide child care to women veterans that seek mental
health care at VA
*VA provide readjustment counseling to women veterans in group retreat setting
*Inclusion of recently separated women on VA advisory board.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the NC State Women’s Chapter.
It is through the continued support of members that NABVETS provides dedication and
commitment to creating positive lifestyles for all veterans, their families and their
communities. NABVETS advocates for veteran entitlements, to assure family and community
empowerment, to challenge homelessness, to advance partnerships to assure needed
services. Contact me by using the above info for membership and events info concerning
the NC State Women’s Chapter.