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Increase in VA Health Care Use by Women Veterans of OEF/OIF/OND

Women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population. Over 181,000 women Veterans have become eligible for VA health care since the start of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2012, 7.5 times as many Operating Enduring Freedom, Operating Iraqi Freedom, and Operating New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) women Veterans used VA health care than in 2002.

A line graph depicting the growth in use of VA Healthcare by women Veterans of OEF/OIF/OND during 2002 and 2012. Three charts showing the percent of OEF/OIF/OND women Veterans that use VA Healthcare. 1 in 20 in 2002  and 7.5 in 2012

These graphics show the increase in VA health care use by OEF/OIF/OND women Veterans between 2002 and 2012. The line graph shows the percent of eligible women who used VA health care by year: 6% in 2002, 9.1% in 2003, 19.5% in 2004, 23.6% in 2005, 25.7% in 2006, 28.1% in 2007, 30.2% in 2008, 32.1% in 2009, 34.2% in 2010, 35.5% in 2011, and 37.3% in 2012. The charts show the rates of use for two years: 1 in 20 women Veterans in 2002 and 7.5 in 20 in 2012.

Note: Veteran eligibility was based on the separation date reported by the Department of Defense’s Defense Manpower Data Center. These graphics represent women who were eligible for health care up to five years after separation. Women who were eligible for more than five years due to a service-connected condition are not represented in these graphics.

Eligibility for VA health care

All OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans, including women, are eligible for VA health care for five years after leaving the military. There are other ways to qualify too, including by having a service-connected disability. Not yet enrolled in VA health care? Apply online.

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