Women veteran's health care took center stage on Monday night, when representatives from Washington, D.C. spoke with women veterans in the area about the care the receive at the Erie VA Medical Center.
Roscoe Butler, a Field Service Representative from Washington, D.C. said with an increase of women veteran's coming off of active duty, there is an increase of need for women's health care at VA hospitals.
Currently, women make up 15-percent of the military, and 1.8 million of the 23 million veterans are women.
We talked to the Erie VA Medical Center and they assure us women's health care is at the forefront of their minds. They say they've expanded on programs over the past few years that are gender specific.
Both veterans at the meeting and those from the VA Medical Center say women servicemembers deserve the same attention as the men.
"We have women in all aspects of the military," said Army and Air Force Veteran Karen Foust. "Now we're even thinking of entering them into infantry. I don't know if that'll happen or not, but they might go and we deserve health care just as much as men do."
"They served just like any other veteran and they deserve the same exceptional health care and that includes gender specific care," said Sarah Gudgeon of the Erie VA Medical Center.
Tuesday and Wednesday, those who conducted this town hall meeting will be meeting with members of the Erie VA Medical Center, sharing with them some of the concerns brought up on Monday.
Those from the Erie VA Medical Center that we spoke with say getting feedback is how they can make their patients health care even better.