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Review of Combat Stress in Women Veterans

Source: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Inspector General

They assessed women veterans use of VA health care for traumatic brain injury (TBI), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions, and whether the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) properly adjudicated women veterans’ disability claims for these conditions. They also assessed whether VBA developed and disseminated military sexual trauma (MST) training and reference materials and policies to claims processors and the feasibility of requiring MST training and testing as part of VBA’s claims processor certification.

Female Veterans Generally Were More Likely To Transition to and Continue Using VA Health Care Services. As of March 31, 2010, 199,301 (40 percent) veterans in the study population and 52 percent OEF/OIF veterans used or transitioned to VA health care. Higher proportions of female veterans transitioned to VA care than their male counterparts, except for the non-OEF/OIF reserve component cohort in which proportions of females and males were the same. In addition, 23 percent used DoD care (including TriCare), although they did not use VA care.