Top health officials with the Department of Defense say health equity for women in service and women beneficiaries is and will remain a top priority for the DOD.

During a recent podcast, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Seileen Mullen said women have unique needs, including reproductive care and gender-specific care issues, because they differ from men in cardiovascular health, mental health, and musculoskeletal injuries, among other medical issues.

Mullen also said women are the fastest growing percentage of the armed services at about 18% of the total, and women make up 4.7 million DOD beneficiaries.

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