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Women Combat Veterans, Senators Murray, Lincoln and Rep. Herseth Sandlin to Hold Press Conference on Women Veterans Bill

Mar 30 2009

Women combat veterans will discuss their experiences in Iraq to help illustrate the new challenges the VA faces as it attempts to treat the influx of a new kind of woman veteran

(Washington, D.C.) – On Tuesday, March 31st, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and U.S. Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) will be joined by female Iraq War combat veterans to discuss the unique experiences of women veterans and legislation designed to prepare the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to care for them. The women veterans attending the press conference were part of a group known as “Lioness” soldiers who were attached to all-male combat units for the purpose of defusing tensions with Iraqi women and children. Like many other women veterans from a war without front lines, these women experienced combat first-hand. They are part of the influx of women veterans that the VA will face in the coming months that have unique needs.

Senator Murray and Rep. Herseth Sandlin have introduced similar bi-partisan legislation in the Senate and the House of Representatives that will prepare the VA for the many women veterans who will access care there in the coming years.

Read a summary of Senator Murray’s Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act of 2009.

 WHO:  U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) 
 U.S. Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD)
 U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
 Major Anastasia Breslow 
 Rebecca Nava 
 Shannon Morgan 
 Staff Sgt. Ranie Ruthig 
               (Read more about these women veterans.)

WHAT:  Press Conference on Women Veterans Bill

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
               2:45 PM EST/11:45 AM PST

WHERE:  Senate Visitors Center - SVC - 212