Women served in the United States military as early as the Revolutionary War. Since then, women of all ages, ranks and levels of authority have entered every branch of service, made significant contributions, and suffered the same sacrifices as men. As a woman with military service, you may qualify for a wide range of benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Female veterans may be eligible for a wide variety of benefits available to all U.S. military veterans. VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment and burial.
VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates VA’s administration of benefit services and programs for female veterans. The center advocates for a cultural transformation that recognizes the service and contributions of female veterans and women in the military, and also raises awareness of the responsibility to treat female veterans with dignity and respect.
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At each VA medical center nationwide, a Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM) is designated to advise and advocate for female veterans. The WVPM can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. Female veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact their Women Veterans Program Manager, Jill Feldman, at 414-384-2000, ext. 41926.
VA has special services available to help women who experienced military sexual trauma (MST), including free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. You do not need to have a service-connected disability or injury, and may be able to receive this benefit even if you are not eligible for other VA care. You do not need to have reported the incidents when they happened or have other documentation that they occurred in order to receive MST services. Every VA facility has a designated MST coordinator who serves as a contact person for MST-related issues.
For more information about benefits for female veterans, can contact Women Veterans Program Manager Jill Feldman at 414-384-2000, ext. 41926, or go to www.benefits.va.gov/PERSONA/veteran-women.asp or visit Racine County Veterans Service Officer Ali Nelson at 262-638-6667, located at 1717 Taylor Ave., Racine.