New veterans center designed exclusively for women

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 19, 2014 6:40 AM

(Philadelphia) -- Female veterans in eastern Pennsylvania have a new option to get help.


The Women's Veterans Center in Philadelphia is open and provides specific assistance to women who served their country.

It's estimated about 30,000 female veterans live in Pennsylvania.

Aronda Smith is a veteran of Desert Storm and the Center's coordinator.

She says it's especially important in addressing sexual abuse in the military.

"Part of one of the workshops we'll do is help them define what it is, and to make sure they get treatment. And to make sure the benefits they receive as a result of that, we want to make sure that occurs."

Smith says the center will work to help women understand how sexual abuse can take many forms.

Retired Brigadier General Jerry Beck says the state hopes to expand its services for women veterans in the future.

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