U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, a Chester County Democrat, and 33 other members of Congress (28 fellow Democrats and five Republicans) signed a letter sent last week to the secretaries of the Army and Navy requesting that the two branches pursue full participation in the Department of Veterans Affairs' Women's Health Transition Assistance, a pilot program that is currently fully implemented by the Air Force; Houlahan is an Air Force veteran. The mission of the program is to inform women transitioning out of active duty service about the VA's services, including gender-specific care available.
Female veterans face different health-related challenges, including depression, chronic pain and obesity, compared to their male counterparts, the letter said.
The age-adjusted suicide rate for female veterans is nearly two times higher than the rate for civilian women according to the VA, yet for women using Veterans Health Administration services, there is no statistical difference with civilian women.
With this in mind, it is especially alarming that women veterans do not connect with VA services until an average of 2.7 years after separating from the military, the letter said.
The program is in its pilot phase. Of the nearly 300 women who have participated, 99 percent would recommend the course to others and 80 percent have agreed to post-course follow-up. Post-course survey data indicate a 56 percent improvement in awareness among participants of women's health services at the VHA. Further, there was an increase of 13.1 percent in intent to enroll in the VA, an increase of 15.6 percent in intent to use VA health care services, and an increase of 19.3 percent in intent to use VA suicide prevention services, if needed.
As a veteran, I understand the unique challenges our servicewomen face when they are transitioning to civilian life after serving our country, Houlahan said.
Tax Freedom Dayarrives this week
The deadline to file taxes is today but Americans must work one more day before earning enough to pay federal, state and local tax bills.
Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year. In 2019 it falls on April 16.
The Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative Harrisburg think tank, is using the day to suggest the state lower the Corporate Net Income Tax from 9.99 percent the third-highest in the nation and create a simpler, more transparent tax code, to encourage job growth and reduce the number of people leaving the state.
According to the Tax Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, Americans work 11 days to pay for a year of property taxes; 15 days for sales and excise taxes; 26 days to cover payroll taxes and 42 days to pay income taxes.
Sanders makingthree stops in Pa.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont swings into the state this week as he works to gain supporters for his bid to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020.
Sanders was in Pittsburgh on Sunday for his only public event during his current trip to Pennsylvania.
Sanders is expected to meet today at 2:30 p.m. with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre and will be the subject of a Fox News Town Hall meeting at 6:30 tonight at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Both of today's events are closed to the public, according to the Sanders campaign.
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