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Women Veterans Participate in Healthcare Journey
By Bedford Public Affairs Office
Friday, June 28, 2019In honor of Women Veterans, Bedford VA Medical Center invited female Veterans and families to their 2nd Annual Women Veterans Health Fair held recently on the Bedford grounds. Bedford staff and community partners came together to display the full extent of Whole Health and explain what it can mean to a womans health over the years.
Women Veterans of all ages and service eras were on hand to browse the grounds and learn about Women Veteran benefits and Whole Health services at the VA and within the wider community. The Vets had an opportunity to meet vendors from local companies, colleges, universities, and Veteran Service Organizations and to participate in break-out sessions including Tai Chi, Art Therapy, Acupuncture, Reiki, Chair Yoga, Chair Massage, Essential Oils, Equine Therapy horses, Canine Therapy dogs, health and beauty tips and much more. Donations from the community were turned into amazing gift baskets and prizes as take-home gift bags.
Guest speaker for the day, Air Force Veteran Erin C. Mahoney, a motivational speaker, empowerment expert and international bestselling author gave a passionate speech about women discovering their own bright light, stepping out of their comfort zones and reaching inside to dream big, living a life of impact!
More than 125 women Veterans were in attendance. not counting friends and family and more than 35 volunteers supported the event, now in its second year. Over 80 vendors from military, health, Veteran and civilian organizations were under the tents offerring everything from essential oils to acupuncture.
Women have been women in the military since the Revolutionary War, and women continue to serve in the military today. the military is doubling their efforts recruiting and retaining female service-members because not doing so means potentially missing out on selecting the best from half the nation’s talent pool.
A Rand Corp. report, reveals only 29 percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 23 year meet the qualifications to serve in the military. As of February, of the 1.3 million active duty personnel, 213,851 were women, about 16 percent of the total force, according to the Defense Manpower Data Center.
Women prove to be a powerful force and require specific healthcare needs; the VA is poised to deliver such care and benefits that these service members have earned. VA encourages women Veterans to enroll and use the benefits they have earned. Call the Women Veteran Call Center for information at 855-VA-Women (855-829-6636) for information or womenshealth.va.gov.