Women Veterans

Women Veterans—the Fight for Equity

DAV is working for equal access to benefits and quality health care for women veterans.

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Women are the fastest-growing subpopulation of the military and veteran communities, representing more than 15 percent of active-duty military and 10 percent of veterans. Yet despite recent progress, some women veterans continue to face significant barriers accessing health care and other earned benefits, and do not receive proper recognition for their service to the nation.

DAV’s Women Veterans: The Journey Ahead spotlights how the expanding role of women in our armed forces is necessitating changes to an array of policies and programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies. This report offers 45 key recommendations covering a broad range of issues affecting women veterans throughout their lifetime, including primary and gender-specific healthcare, mental health and readjustment services, and disability and employment benefits.

This publication comes as a follow up to DAV’s 2014 landmark report Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home, which focused on the challenges women encounter transitioning from military to civilian life and helped usher in numerous policy and legislative changes to improve programs and services for women veterans.

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“With major reforms underway to modernize VA’s health care and benefits processing systems, it is imperative that Congress and VA focus on fully addressing the unique needs of the more than half-million women veterans using VA services,” said Joy J. Ilem, DAV’s national legislative director and U.S. Army veteran. “DAV will continue to lead the fight for America’s women veterans.”

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Women's Report

The research reveals that America’s more than 300,000 women veterans are put at risk by a system designed for and dominated by male veterans.

2014 Report


Learn how DAV supports women veterans.


Read more about the challenges women face after military life.

Department:  Women Veterans Committee Toolkit


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Here’s what DAV is fighting for in Congress.