VA increases research on women’s health issues
As more women veterans return home, the Department of Veterans Affairs has had to rethink and reshape its health care. So says Kristin Mattocks, the associate chief of staff for research for VA Central-Western Massachusetts Health Care system. The number of returning women veterans seeking care in the VA has doubled in the last decade from 159,000 in 2000 to almost 300,000 in 2009, according to a 2010 VA Sourcebook. Currently 20 percent of all new recruits nationally are women.