Statement of The Office of Inspector General Department of Veterans Affairs Before The Committee On Veterans’ Affairs United States House Of Representatives Hearing On “Examining Access And Quality Of Care And Services For Women Veterans” April 30, 2015

The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS) estimates that as of September 30, 2014, women veterans made up 9 percent (2 million) of the total living veteran population (22 million).1 NCVAS projects that by 2043, one in every six veterans will be a woman. . . .

ONGOING REVIEWS

In March 2015, we initiated a national review to determine how VA can better address the needs of women veterans using VA health care services. Specifically, our review will examine VA’s ability to provide gender-specific care for women veterans and assess the efficacy of and compliance with privacy standards. We expect to complete this work by September 2015.

We have also initiated another, more focused national review of military sexual trauma (MST) that will look at transitions from the Department of Defense (DoD) to VA and assess VA’s outreach efforts to veterans who have experienced MST.

We are working with DoD to obtain data so that we can examine VA medical care delivered to veterans with a history of military sexual trauma from DoD.

We are currently working with DoD on a Memorandum of Agreement for data sharing . . .

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