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Veteran's Corner: Women veterans may be eligible for benefits

Did you know the fastest growing segment of the veteran population is female? Women who are veterans are often unaware that they and their dependent children may be eligible for health care, compensation and benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Women under­utilize VA benefits, including health care.

Women who are veterans are often eligible for primary care at local VA community based outpatient clinics, including the clinic in The Dalles. Primary care includes treatment of hypertension and maximizing a heart healthy lifestyle including referrals to the MOVE! Weight Management Program. Other services for women include birth control, pregnancy care, menopause management, mental health, treating military sexual trauma, and other care services.

The Center for Women Veterans Health in Portland is a good resource at 800­949­1004­X52852.

Another good resource for women veterans, their families, and caregivers is the Women Veterans Call Center: 1­855­VA­WOMEN for comprehensive assistance. You can also call our local VSO office at 541­505­2502.

The Oregon Women Veterans Conference is scheduled for March 28­29, in Eugene. The conference is free including lunch. You can email orwomenvets@odva.state.or.us to register and receive more information.

Kathleen F. Martin is a Veterans Services Office volunteer.

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