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Many female veterans still don't see themselves as "veterans" Ongoing frustration for VA officials

Women vets still don’t call themselves veterans By Leo Shane III Published: September 27, 2012 Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey speaks to veterans and VA employees at a "Healthy Heart" event in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 27. Kate Hoit / Department of Veterans Affairs WASHINGTON – Even after 11 years of war where female troops have handled unprecedented battlefield responsibilities, many women leaving the service still don’t see themselves as “veterans,” according to the Department of Veterans Affairs top female vet. While men are generally open about their service, many women are reserved about sharing that information or resistant to seeing themselves in the same category, said Retired Brig. Gen. Allison Hickey, VA’s undersecretary for benefits. “We don’t know if it’s because they had different roles, because they felt like they didn’t do the sam...

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