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The Bexar County Commissioners Court proclaimed June 12 as Women Veterans Day, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the enactment of a law integrating women into the military.

Octavia Harris visits the Texas Public Radio studio.
Carson Frame / TPR News

There are over 2.2 million women veterans in the U.S., and about 37,000 in San Antonio alone. Many seek care through the VA Health System. In January, a local veteran named Octavia Harris was tapped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs' Advisory Committee on Women Veterans. She'll have the ear of VA Secretary David Shulkin for the next two years, and be able to offer input on policies that affect healthcare for women veterans nationwide.