YWCA teams up with VA

The YWCA in the downtown Anchorage is happy to announce their historic partnership with the veterans association.


by Derek Smith

ANCHORAGE- The YWCA in the downtown Anchorage is happy to announce their historic partnership with the veterans association. 

"VA traditionally has been a male healthcare system. But now as more women go into active duty, then they become veterans. So we see more women veterans, and we are working in our healthcare system to be more women friendly," Director of VA Susan Yeager says. 
Because of this partnership, YWCA teaming up with VA can now offer comprehensive services for women veterans who previously served in our military. 
"We thought by providing a portal here, where they can come in and get services and assistance in a female eccentric place, might help people get services they need," CEO of YWCA Hilary Morgan says. 
The historic occasion allows a different environment for women veterans to receive any type of care. With over twelve thousand female vets in Alaska, and only three thousand of them receive services. The organizations feel this new service will help eliminate any kind of disconnect. 
"We are hoping to provide a way from them to get help if they need it in an environment that is different," Morgan says.
If you are a veteran and are hesitant about taking advantage, you will be happy to know the Veterans Association is comprised of veterans themselves. 
"That's the kind of thing we like to do, we serve veterans. Many of our employees our veterans so it's like serving your own group. So that's very important to our customers," Yeager says.  

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