Data lacking on how to best serve women veterans: N.S. expert

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An expert says information is lacking on how best to serve women veterans and other under-represented groups.

Mount St. Vincent University professor Maya Eichler told a Nova Scotia legislature committee this week the system for veterans has historically assumed veterans are male.

Eichler, however, says women are the fastest growing segment of veterans in Canada.

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She also says women veterans are more likely to be released from the military for medical reasons and experience a steeper decline in income after they leave the service.

This can lead to increased rates of injury and illness among women veterans.

Eichler says without proper information about under-represented groups in the veteran population, there’s a chance for discriminatory outcomes for women, gender diverse and LGBTQ vets.

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(The Canadian Press)

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