Tulsi Gabbard Urges Congress to Pass Debra Samson Act to Address Gender Disparities at the VA

KITV's Paula Akana:  "In Washington, DC today, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard asked her colleagues in the House of Representatives to improve access and quality of care for female veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She's asked for support for the Deborah Sampson Act. Gabbard says female vets are the military's fastest growing population with about 2.2 million women, but the VA is ill-equipped to fit their needs."

Tulsi Gabbard:  "We have a responsibility to take care of all of our veterans when they return home and to make sure that they are getting the best care and benefits that they have earned and deserve. In recognition of Veterans Day, we must fix this and pass the Deborah Sampson Act to eliminate barriers and improve quality of care and services, and empower our female veterans alongside our male veterans." 

KITV's Paula Akana:  "Women veterans have lower rates of access to the VA than men, but face higher rates of post-traumatic stress, military sexual assault, unemployment, and homelessness."