The VA issued a press release today to publicize their hotline specific to anwering questions on VA Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans. The service began accepting calls today (April 23, 2013). The hotline number is: 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) According to the press release, “The Department of Veterans Affairs has set up this hotline to receive and respond to questions from Veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans…Callers can be linked to information on claims, education or health care appointments as well as information about VA cemeteries and memorial benefits. Staff can answer urgent questions and provide referrals to homeless and mental health services as well as provide Vet Center information… Women make up nearly 15 percent of today’s active duty military and 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces. The population of women Veterans using VA benefits including health care is growing rapidly. Since 2000, the number of women using VA health care more than doubled, from nearly 160,000 in 2000 to more than 354,000 in 2012. Based on the upward trend of women in all branches of service, the number of women Veterans—and female VA users—will keep climbing.” The full press is available here.