Canandaigua VA Medical Center
Women Veterans challenge others to enroll in VA
On August 26 and 27, the Canandaigua VA Medical Center (VAMC) and Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic (ROPC) recognized women Veterans service with the presentation of a Women Veterans Challenge Coin by the Women’s Equality Day the Federal Women’s Special Emphasis program, Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) committee.
Krista Stephenson, Director of the National Women Veterans Call Center and Greta Ledgerwood, Canandaigua VAMC Women Veterans Program Manager presented the coins to women currently enrolled in VA health care services. With this presentation Veterans were challenged to give the coin to other woman Veteran not already enrolled.
Thirty-five years ago, during the 1980 census American women were first asked if they had served in the Armed Forces and 1.2 million replied, “Yes.” Following this 1980 census, Congress granted Veteran status to women for the first time from the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps that served during World War II.
Over the past 35 years, the number of women Veterans has grown. In the past 15 year, the number of women Veterans has more than doubled from 159,000 in 2000 to 415,000 in 2014. This number is expected to continue to increase.
Following the traditional use of challenge coins, VA continues to foster esprit de corps while honoring women’s service to our country.
To find out more information about the Women Veterans Challenge Coin and VA health care benefits for women contact Greta Ledgerwood at (585) 393 – 7621.
Learn more by visiting Women Veterans Health Care Services or call the Women Veterans Call Center at 1 (855) 829-6636 to receive available resources.