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Female veterans have unique, often unmet mental and physical health needs




Sgt. Jarrod Simmons speaks to his squad of Marines before they head out on a training march with 55-pound packs on Feb. 22, 2013, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Women face unique challenges in the military.
Sgt. Jarrod Simmons speaks to his squad of Marines before they head out on a training march with 55-pound packs on Feb. 22, 2013, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Women face unique challenges in the military.
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The number of women serving in the military continues to rise. In fact, they now make up about 15 percent of all active-duty military personnel. Despite this, the military remains a very male-dominated institution.

And female personnel face unique challenges and often have unique mental and physical healthcare needs.

For more on whether those needs are being met, Dr. Kimberley Finney joins Take Two. She's a retired Air Force officer, clinical psychologist and Professor of Social Work at USC. Dr. Finney says that when women transition from "active duty one day, to the next day, you're a vet," they don't often even realize that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides women's health services.

This piece is part of KPCC's ongoing coverage of issues affecting veterans for Veterans Day 2014. See more of our coverage at KPCC.org/veterans.