The latest reports show that the number of female veterans has been steadily growing with an estimated increase from 1.8 million in 2011 to 2 million by 2020. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been actively responding to this increase by improving their women’s services at VA hospitals and clinics across the nation and a new partnership is seeking to target one of the biggest risks to women’s health: heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 8 million women suffer from heart disease, but only 1 in 6 are aware that it’s the number one fatal health condition for women. Cardiac care has long been a male-dominated area, and the VA is raising awareness for women’s heart health through the AHA’s “Go Red For Women” campaign.
Through this partnership, the VA will be promoting education of how heart disease can impair female veterans and promote more screening and preventative care at VA clinics. The AHA’s campaign already provides many online resources for women to learn about cardiovascular risks, healthy lifestyle changes, and to connect with other women in similar situations. Working with the VA, this information will be tailored specifically to female soldiers and veterans to help them avoid becoming disabled from cardiovascular conditions.
Suffering from a heart attack, stroke, or other heart diseases can cause permanent disability from long-term damage. In some cases, environmental exposures during active duty may be the cause of heart disease in female veterans, which may qualify them for veterans’ disability benefits.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.