WASHINGTON – Late last week, as the Defense Department’s plans to put women in new combat roles received widespread media attention, the Department of Veterans Affairs quietly announced nearly three dozen new research grants to improve health care access for female veterans.
The flurry of research funds could have far-reaching effects on the care those women receive. Education grants will expand residency training on topics such as gynecology, obstetrics emergencies, military sexual trauma and breast examinations.
Grants will also fund purchases of gender-specific equipment and supplies at eight VA facilities, and expand female veterans online health resource options at 10 others.
VA officials estimate that by 2020 female veterans will constitute 10 percent of the U.S. veteran population.
A full list of the new grants is available at the VA website.