women veterans

Ryan Poppe

 

In honor of Women's Veterans Day on Tuesday, special events were held at the state Capitol.

On June 12, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which allowed women like World War II veteran Anna Gatti to become regular members of the military.

 

 


Female veterans are nearly 2 1/2 times more likely than their civilian counterparts to kill themselves. Advocates say women's mental health challenges are different from those of men.

Octavia Harris visits the Texas Public Radio studio.
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There are over 2.2 million women veterans in the U.S., and about 37,000 in San Antonio alone. Many seek care through the VA Health System. In January, a local veteran named Octavia Harris was tapped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs' Advisory Committee on Women Veterans. She'll have the ear of VA Secretary David Shulkin for the next two years, and be able to offer input on policies that affect healthcare for women veterans nationwide.  

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that Octavia Harris, a San Antonio-area veteran, is the new chairwoman of the National Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, a panel that advises the VA secretary on issues important to women veterans, their families and their caregivers.