DAV hosted Capitol Hill event to highlight new women veterans report

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DAV hosted an event on Capitol Hill on Sept. 12 to publicly release its new report, Women Veterans: The Journey Ahead, aimed at increasing gender-sensitive programs and services for America’s women veterans—a quickly growing population.

The report makes 45 new recommendations to improve federal programs offered to veterans and calls for the establishment of additional services, continued research and changes in policy to ensure women veterans receive equal access to benefits and quality health care services that meet their gender-specific needs.

This new publication follows DAV’s 2014 landmark report, Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home, which detailed challenges and gaps in health care, benefits and services for women transitioning from military to civilian life—especially following wartime service.

“As we learn more through VA research about the impact of military service on the physical and mental health of this population and their gender-specific needs, continued adjustments in federal programs and policies and new legislation will be needed” said DAV National Legislative Director Joy Ilem. “Despite the notable progress made since our 2014 publication, much more remains to be done.”

The event featured highlights from the report as well as a panel discussion with experts in women’s health and research including prominent leaders in mental health and suicide prevention.

Read the full report and DAV’s recommendations at www.DAVwomenveterans.org.