Today, women make up approximately 15% of active duty military, and 18% of our Nation’s Reserve forces. The growing number of women in the military has led to a growing need for VA services by these women. Since 2000, the number of women using VA services has more than doubled, and this number is only expected to grow in the future.
The VA has launched a new hotline to receive and respond to questions from veterans, their families, and caregivers about the many resources available to women veterans. Callers can be linked to claim information, education or health care appointments as well as information about VA cemeteries and memorial benefits. Staff can also answer urgent questions and provide referrals to homeless and mental health services.
This hotline is part of an effort to reach out to female veterans to inform them about the many services they may be eligible for. There has been an unfortunate misperception among female vets that has kept many from taking advantage of the services they deserve. Women are eligible for all Veterans benefits including healthcare, education, disability compensation, home loans, and employment assistance benefits.
The hotline, 1(855)VA-WOMEN, will be extremely beneficial in providing critical information and assistance to veterans, especially those in crisis or in danger of becoming homeless.