From: Allentown Morning Call
Military veterans have told the Department of Veterans Affairs that one of the top things they struggle with is accessing legal assistance.
U.S. Rep. Susan Wild and Pennsylvania’s other female House lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday seeking to address that need, with a specific focus on female veterans.
The Improving Legal Services for Female Veterans Act would require the VA to partner with at least one outside organization to provide legal services, such as preventing eviction or foreclosure and help with child support issues. Those were among the most common unmet needs in a 2017 Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Group for Veterans (CHALENG for Veterans) survey.
More than 345,000 women have deployed since Sept. 11, 2001, according to Wild’s office, citing data from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. As women have taken on new roles in the military, they also have been seeking care and support services from the VA in growing numbers.