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Central Texas Vets Get Pregnancy Help at 'Boots and Babies' Event in Temple

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(KCEN) - Of the 98,000 veterans living in central Texas, about 14,000 of them are women.

Friday, the Temple VA worked to get them information about their pregnancies and new babies.

The first-ever "Boots and Babies" event paired female vets with the companies and organizations that can help them out.

The veterans who came out Friday said normal baby symposiums don't address their specific needs.

"It doesn't seem as personal" at other events, said Darla Stephens, there with her 2-year-old son Dylan and 2-month-old daughter Dakota. "When you've been through the military and you've been through that life, it kind of sets you apart."

"We have a large population of veterans that are pregnant and breast feeding and post partum," said Rachele Misiti with the VA, "and I think that is something that a lot of folks don't realize, a lot of veterans don't realize that they have access to these services."

At any given time there are 80 to 90 pregnant veterans in our area.

Companies and groups from Austin joined the local ones to give them a few hours of tips, information, and goodie bags.
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