Charleston Vet Center pampers female veterans during annual event

Published: Nov. 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM EST
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Female veterans discharged after September 11, 2001, have a harder time finding work than their male counterparts.

That's according to a report, released in September, by the Disabled American Veterans.

The same report also lists disparities in the homeless rate for female veterans, which are now twice as high as that of non-veteran women, and in the kinds of health services available to female vets in VA Medical Centers.

To date, one-third of these centers do not employ a staff gynecologist.

Wednesday, the Charleston Vet Center on West Montague Avenue, turned it's attention to the women who've served, hosting a free women's health care event.

The annual expo offered job information, health services, and a little pampering too. It's the first for the center since 2011.

Veterans in attendance were served up a hearty meal, relaxation techniques using chair yoga, even time with an area makeup consultant.

"Women are outnumbered in the services, so it's nice to make them aware of things that are available to them" said one of the event's coordinators, Tia Seals.

Navy veteran and North Charleston resident Ramona Jones welcomed the change of pace, and wealth of information.

"Coming out of the military, you already feel like you're a second citizen.," Jones said.

"Now, they're doing something like this, it's empowering and it's good."

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