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Female veterans find care lacking at VA hospitals

Posted: June 23, 2014 at 3:53 a.m.

In this June 18, 2014 photo, Army Sgt. LaQuisha Gallmon holds her 2-month-old Abbagayle Gallmon while at her home in Greenville, S.C. Gallmon said that her local VA office had authorized her to see a private physician during her pregnancy, so she went to an emergency room after experiencing complications in her sixth month of pregnancy. She said the VA has thus far refused to pay the resulting $700 bill. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.

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