Kentucky Veterans Affairs Official Pushing for Female Veterans Coordinator

Sep 11, 2014

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to better connect female veterans with services designed for them
Credit U.S. Army

One of the state’s leading veterans advocates is imploring state lawmakers to create a new position to connect the rising number of female veterans across the state with new services designed for them.

There are about 30,000 female veterans in Kentucky. But Margaret Plattner, a retired Lt. Col. with the National Guard and the deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, says just under 2,000 of them have applied for benefits.

She says  that the number of homeless female veterans in Kentucky, about 250, is growing faster than that of their male counterparts, and they suffer from domestic violence trauma in greater numbers than men.

Plattner implored a panel of lawmakers in Frankfort to create a position  for the state to bridge the gap.

“We really need to have a full-time women’s veterans coordinator. There are other states that do, currently we do not have the funding for that," said Plattner.  "I’d like to put out to your committee and to the legislature to contemplate giving a fully funded position in the 2016 legislative session for a women’s veterans coordinator.”

In response to Plattner’s suggestion, Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement that he is, quote, “open to ideas to help ... better connect all veterans with the programs, services and education they deserve to enhance their quality of life.”