The following story will move as this week's Monday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:


SAN FRANCISCO - Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age. AP review shows nearly one in four VA hospitals does not have a fulltime gynecologist on staff; about 140 of the 920 community-based clinics serving veterans in rural areas do not have a designated women's health provider; and female vets who have to wait more than 90 days to get an appointment do so at a higher rate than male veterans. By Garance Burke. UPCOMING: 1,500 words by 11:30 a.m., photos.

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