Women veterans need more attention

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women veteransThe seismic shift of women serving in the military can’t be overstated.

Women have served in the armed forces throughout America’s history, but never before in such large numbers. Nearly 280,000 women have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. About 7,000 women served in the Vietnam War.Now the Department of Veterans Affairs is facing the challenge of serving an influx of women. It’s certainly an issue in Pennsylvania.

More than 71,000 women veterans live in the Keystone State. Only six states have more women veterans, according to VA figures.Advocates for veterans are saying the VA has a lot of work to do to serve women better.Earlier this month, state Sen. Judy Schwank told Reading Eagle reporter Mike Urban that the VA must adjust to accommodate the rising number of women veterans. –

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