In recent years, more women have been joining the military. As women are increasingly volunteering for service, the Sheridan Veteran Affairs Hospital is upping their efforts at helping these women. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.
Women have been an active part of the United States military since the Revolutionary War, but their role has been changing over the years. With the changing role, Veteran Affairs Hospitals have been seeing more and more women coming in for medical care. Jackie Van Mark, director of public affairs for the Sheridan VA Hospital, explains just how many women are in the armed forces.
Van Mark says women first started serving their country as nurses during the birth of the nation, but they've taken on different duties as the years pass.
But Colleen Butler, director of women's programs at the Sheridan VA Hospital, says many women veterans are not aware they are eligible for care. She says anyone who's served is eligible, but she says a lot of female veterans don't even come to collect the benefits they've earned.
For more information on the programs designed to help women vets in Sheridan, call the VA Hospital at 307-672-1661. And if you're a veteran in crisis, there's always the crisis line - which is available any time by calling 1-800-273-8255 - just be sure to press one.