Stroudsburg, Monroe County – A Monroe County woman will now play a big part in helping female veterans get medical care and benefits. Lisa Kaye, Monroe County’s Deputy Director of Veterans Affairs, is now the Coordinator for Women’s Veterans for the State Association of Pennsylvania.
She will be able to help more people the way she has helped Kenna Brown of Stroudsburg. Brown has been struggling with the VA system since she left the Army National Guard in 1996. "I have been going through the bureaucracy of the system for eons,” she said.
Brown told Eyewitness News she suffered major medical problems related to her service. As she tried to get help, she said she got the run around from lawmakers and bureaucrats. "It's as if they want me to just go away like it never happened and go away, and I won't,” she added.
Then Brown met Kaye. "From the day I walked in here, Lisa has not stopped pressing and helping,” she smiled.
Kaye said since the military has allowed more women to serve, leaders need to find more ways to take care of female veterans. "Their injuries, both mental and physical, might be slightly different from the males,” she noted.
Kaye will attend conferences and meetings to learn how the military can better serve the women who have served their country. "And bring back to the table what my findings are and what's new out there and different and how we can help better process claims and benefits to female veterans,” she said.
As a veteran herself, Kaye hopes she can make a big difference. "I'm pretty excited,” she smiled.