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Activists demand better service for female veterans

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Posted at 7:52 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 21:38:41-04

BALTIMORE — Activists in Baltimore want better service for female veterans.

They held a press conference and rally hours ago at the VA Medical Center.

They say not enough has been done for female vets--particularly black and brown, gender nonconforming and transgender vets.

"Listen to me well America, we matter. I stayed in that fox hole for several hours not knowing. I raised my hand to protect you and you against all cause. So, will you protect me?"

Activists are asking the department of veterans affairs for separate women’s health facility, including primary care sensitive to the needs of all women, an end to the long waiting time for appointments, more female doctors, increased mental health care, a homeless shelter and transitional housing for women and children.

They say this is only a partial list of demands.

WMAR-2 News reached out to the VA and they sent us a fact sheet of the Women Veteran’s program.

According to the sheet service is provided to more than 7,880 women and there are 64 female primary care and women veteran health care providers.

The VA said its meeting the needs of Maryland’s women veterans through services and programs including the women veteran’s health program, the military sexual trauma program, recognition of and inclusion for all and the homeless veteran’s program.