The American veteran population is rapidly becoming more female. In the United States, women began entering the armed forces in a big way only 40 years ago. Currently about 14% of active duty troops are women (and 18% of the reserves). At the same time, about eight percent of 22 million veterans are women… All this has caused some problems for the VA, which failed to adequately prepare…
Prepare to be shocked and amazed:
The female veterans do not respond to the stresses of military service, or the physical injuries, the same way men do.
More services have to be provided for female veterans, because they are more likely to seek care. It’s one of the reasons women live longer than men. They take better care of themselves, and do not suffer in silence.
Many VA medical personnel have been treating an exclusively male clientele for so long, that they are at a loss when confronted with female patients… This is harder on the female patients than it is on the VA staff.
Politicians have discovered the problem, but all they can do is pass more laws. The real solution will have to come from the VA.