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More women vets seek VA health care


The first time Marine Corps veteran Katariina Fagering tried to get help for post-traumatic stress at a Vet Center in New Mexico four years ago, she was crying so hard she couldn't speak. A kindly man who worked there handed her a box of tissues. "Well, I just think you're kind of sensitive," he said. Three months later, Fagering tried again at a Veterans Affairs clinic in Santa Fe. She left in tears. "It was very invalidating," said Fagering, who served in Iraq. The 45-year-old Heights resident and mother of two is one of a growing number of women veterans seeking health care at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide, just as more women join the military and take on de facto combat roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. more

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