Editorial: Doing right by women veterans in Virginia | OUR OPINION

Women are the fastest growing segment of America’s veteran population. With roughly 2.2 million female vets in the U.S., women make up about 10 percent of that population. That number is expected to double in the next 10 years.

Women transitioning back to civilian life often face new battles when they return to the homefront. The Department of Veterans Affairs was created to assist Johnny when he came marching home — unfortunately for Jane, there is too often a dearth of available services for her. (Although in fairness, the VA is struggling mightily to catch up.) Access to adequate health care, readjustment benefits, and employment assistance can be challenging for women. Compound those issues with a civilian population that often has a skewed idea of female vets — and readjustment can be a difficult, drawn-out process for some women.

We are fortunate that these issues are far less prevalent in Virginia than most other states. When it comes to transition assistance for all service members, the commonwealth’s Department of Veterans Services is one of the best in the nation. Its…

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