GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)- Women here in the Grand Valley help defend our country's freedom but many of them aren't taking advantage of their veteran benefits.
Lisa Lefever served in the U.S. Navy from 2002 until 2006 and she says the benefits she receives from being a veteran,"are just wonderful."
But she's noticed she is one of few taking advantage of the benefits owed to her.
Paul Sweeney at the local Veterans Affairs says they would like to see more Mesa County women vets apply for their benefits.
Currently, only a little more than a half apply.
'Our new clinic that serves only women tells me that we serve 700 to 900 women vets but we know in Mesa County alone there are another 4 to 500.'
Sweeney says that doesn't include the other 17 1/2 counties this VA serves...
Benefits for vets could include health care, disability and education benefits. And only 56% of younger vets apply for healthcare.
No one seems to have a definite answer as to why women aren't taking advantage of the assistance offered.
But everyone agrees the women in the military deserve their benefits just as much as the men.
Lefever says benefits have made her life a little easier and she hopes more women will come forward and take what's rightfully theirs.
If you are eligible to receive benefits hurry up and apply because some do expire. Mesa County doesn't have a benefits officer here so if you have any questions as to your veterans benefits, the VA Medical Center will be happy to provide you with information.