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State VA centers grapple with influx of women

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Illinois’ Department of Veterans Affairs sites insist they have the resources to tend to the fast-rising ranks of female veterans despite evidence of admitted shortcomings nationally.

Across the country, the number of women receiving care at VA has more than doubled since 2000 because of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, adding strain to the system.

A recent Associated Press report noted many VA sites across the country have fallen short in the number of staff gynecologists and getting female patients timely visits.

In Illinois, VA operations based in Marion, Danville and Chicago’s Jesse Brown Medical Center say they treat a combined 8,200 female veterans.

That caseload is up over the past five years by 50 percent in Marion and 43 percent at Jesse Brown.

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