LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thirty-thousand of Kentucky's veterans are women, but many aren't receiving the benefits they earned by serving.
The Kentucky Department of Veteran's Affairs wants to change that. It's calling 2015 'The Year of the Woman Veteran.'
“Women veterans still suffer from the misperception that they are somehow less deserving of the veteran's benefits and services they've earned,” said Heather French Henry, commissioner of KDVA, in a YouTube video.
KDVA estimates the percentage of female veterans using VA services is expected to double in the next 20 years.
“While the total number of Veterans in Kentucky has been slowly falling for more than a decade, the number of women veterans has been rising,” said Henry.
According to data, KDVA handles two-thousand claims for women, which is less than six percent of the women veteran population. The department wants to change that by reaching out to all of Kentucky's women veterans about benefits and services.
Tina Minor-Moss thinks it's a great idea. She joined the military in her early 20's and served for two decades. She's used military health and education benefits and hopes others will follow suit.
“I just hope that women veterans will realize that the service that they have provided to this country does not go unrecognized,” said Minor-Moss. “If there are benefits that they are entitled to, use them.”
The Kentucky Department of Veteran's Affairs plans to partner with federal, state and local organizations to get the word out.