Nationally nearly 20% of today’s active armed forces are women, currently the fastest growing group in the military. Connecticut currently has over 16,000 female veterans, and that number is expected to grow. Although female veterans are entitled to the same benefits and services as their male counterparts, local and federal veteran resources try to address specialized medical and health services for this population. To access resources which assist women veterans, see the links below from the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (CTVA), United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other important resource links for women veterans.
RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN CONNECTICUT:
The West Haven VA Medical Center (VAMC) has a designated Women’s Health Care Center, located in West Haven, which assists women veterans in accessing VA benefit programs. Call (203) 932-5711 or visit the Connecticut VA’s website at: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/site/default.asp, for assistance.
For a link to the 2-1-1 Community Resource Database of programs/services and eLibrary papers on a multiple list of related topics for the Military/Military Families/Veterans, link to: https://uwc.211ct.org/get-help/informationlibrary/active-militaryveterans/
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN’S AFFAIRS RESOURCES FOR WOMEN:
The United States Veterans Affairs Department (VA), Center for WomenVeterans website, provides current news and events affecting women vets. In addition to up-to-date information nationally, ie conferences, studies, links are provided to various resources, http://www.va.gov/womenvet/
Women’s Veteran Health Care website at, http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/index.asp provides information on health care services available to women veterans, including comprehensive primary care as well as specialty care, which includes information on reproductive services, rehabilitation, mental health, and treatment for military sexual trauma. You can also find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about women veteran’s healthcare.
The VA New England Healthcare Services, http://www.newengland.va.gov/services/women/index.asp links women veterans in the New England region to news, services and programs.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR CONNECTICUT WOMEN VETERANS:
SOURCES: Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs and United States Department of Veterans Affairs
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: April2019