Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake said on Friday that the agency is working to improve the health care offered to women vets. The announcement follows an internal VA study that found that female veterans have more difficulty obtaining quality outpatient healthcare than their male counterparts.
"We are making a full-court press to ensure that women veterans receive the highest quality of care," Peake said, according to the Associated Press.
Women are now serving in the military at a higher rate than ever before. Women make up 17% of the armed services, and 11% of those serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Media Resources: Associated Press 6/20/08; Feminist Daily Newswire 6/16/08