VA Focusing More on Disabling Health Conditions for Female Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is well aware of the differences between men and women – and now their health care is taking those facts into better consideration. Over the past decade, the number of female veterans has increased by nearly 150,000, which almost doubles the population of women in the VA health care system – 300,000 in 2009 compared to 159,000 in 2000.
Across the nation, 37 VA hospitals will be participating in the Women’s Health Research Network bringing together clinicians and researchers to evaluate and review a number of women’s health issues. Some of the main initiatives include developing better programs of care for issues such as military sexual trauma, life needs such as pregnancy and infant care, and how certain combat-related disabling conditions impair female veterans differently than male veterans.
Women’s heart health is also becoming a greater cause for concern as more focus is being paid attention to this often overlooked area of health. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for all women, and many female veterans seeking health care through the VA are reported to suffer from high blood pressure and cholesterol, which may increase risk of heart disease.
As more VA hospitals across the country continue to implement more specialized care programs for female veterans, the focus on women’s health will hopefully grow with our increasing veteran population. For female veterans suffering from a disabling condition related to their service, help can be found from a veterans’ disability representative who can help you seek the disability benefits you are entitled to.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.