VA Launches Women Veterans Hotline
On April 23, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new hotline to answer questions from veterans, their families and caregivers about many VA services and resources available to women veterans. The hotline 855.VA.WOMEN is staffed by knowledgeable VA employees who can provide information about benefits including health care services for women. Currently, 15 percent of the active duty military are women and in 2012, more than 354,000 women veterans were receiving VA health care.
Women veterans are entitled to apply for the same benefits as their male counterparts. However, they may not be aware of all the benefits that are available to them through the VA. Some benefits include health care and pharmacy benefits, education benefits, disability compensation, home loans, employment assistance and more. Callers can be linked to information on claims, education or health care appointments, as well as information about VA cemeteries and memorial benefits. Staff can answer urgent questions and provide referrals to homeless and mental health services as well as provide Vet Center information.
The hotline 855.VA.WOMEN joins other VA hotlines that provide critical information and assistance to veterans, such as those who are in crisis 800.273.8255 and press 1 or in danger of becoming homeless 877.4AID.VET. Veterans can also receive information and apply for benefits online and manage their health care.
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