This study sheds light on usage of VHA services by women, as it found that there is an increasing number of women returning from deployment, which is leading to an increase in female veterans. To meet the growing needs of female veterans, community-based providers should coordinate care with the VHA and other health providers to ensure that the reproductive health needs of veteran women are adequately addressed. In policy, the VHA might devise more cost-effective means for care while continuing to provide high-quality reproductive health care services to female veterans. Suggestions for future study include examining how access to insurance affects veteran families, as well as studying if women who use VHA maternity benefits return to use VHA services for ongoing health care post-pregnancy.
Mattocks, K. M., Frayne, S., Phibbs, C. S., Yano, E. M., Zephyrin, L., Shryock, H., Haskell, S., Katon, J., Sullivan, J. C., Weinreb, L., Ulbricht, C., & Bastian, L. A. (2014). Five-year trends in women veterans' use of VA maternity benefits, 2008-2012. Women's Health Issues, 24(1), e37–e42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.whi.2013.10.002
Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Women's Studies
Benefits, Maternity benefits, Research brief
Motherhood; Women veterans
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Five-year Trends in Women Veterans’ Use of VA Maternity Benefits, 2008-2012"" (2015). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 259.
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