The U.S. has made a commitment to veterans, and the Department of Veterans Affairs has a significant responsibility to carry out the promise of the American people, a U.S. senator from Kansas said.

The U.S. has made a commitment to veterans, and the Department of Veterans Affairs has a significant responsibility to carry out the promise of the American people, a U.S. senator from Kansas said.

Jerry Moran's remarks came Tuesday during a grand opening ceremony for the new Women Veterans’ Health Center at the Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth.

Moran, who serves on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, recalled seeing the site of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., for the first time. He called his father, a World II veteran.

Moran left a message for his father saying he respected him, thanked him and loved him.

The senator said people were saying the same three things by attending Tuesday's ceremony.

"That's what we're doing here today for a special group of veterans," he said.

The Women Veterans’ Health Center, which is connected to the main hospital on the local VA campus, opened Sept. 8.

The $3 million facility provides comprehensive primary care for women veterans as well as other services, including mental health, said Kathy Zima-Sauer, women veterans program manager for the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System.

The VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System includes the Eisenhower VA Medical Center.

Zima-Sauer said the 5,000-square-foot Women Veterans' Health Center also is piloting a Women’s Only Wellness program for the VA that focuses on things such as fitness, nutrition and pain and stress management.

Rudy Klopfer, director of the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, said the VA is committed to the care of women veterans.

"This center here is an example of our commitment," he said.

He said the number of women veterans enrolled with the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System has grown by 30 percent since August 2009.

William Patterson, regional VA director, said the ceremony is a momentous event in terms of the military's changing demographics.

Zima-Sauer said the new center has six full-time staff members.

Because of high rates of military sexual trauma, some women veterans may be more comfortable going to the new center instead of a general VA setting, she said.

She said having the new center also allows experts to focus on women's issues.

Zima-Sauer said the new center was designed so that a second story can be added in the future.

"All of the offices have sinks in them," she said.

She said this will make it easier for the offices to be converted to examining rooms in the future.

Tuesday's ceremony included a ribbon cutting for the center. Participating in the ribbon cutting were four women veterans ― Miriam Blazier, Helen Perry, Elizabeth Hayes and Kelly DeGreek.

Blazier and Perry served in the Navy during World War II. Hayes served in the Army from 1986-1993. DeGreek served in the Army from 2000-2011 and was deployed to Iraq.