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The Veterans Health Administration is planning to make mental health care more available to help reduce veteran suicide. But veterans advocates worry about the impact on the already strained VA health system.

Octavia Harris visits the Texas Public Radio studio.
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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.  

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At a rally in front of the Kerrville VA Medical Center Wednesday, veterans, community members, and VA employees gathered to demand that the VA fill thousands of job vacancies nationwide. They argued that current staffing levels create risks to patient safety and hazardous work environments.

A new program in Los Angeles is trying to provide female veterans with health care outside the VA, which some consider a male dominated environment.