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VA Services: Women Veterans

Women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population.

VA's Women Veterans Health Care addresses the health care needs of women Veterans and works to ensure that timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide.

/images/Boots2.JPGEach VA facility has a Women Veterans Program Manager designated to advise and advocate for women Veterans.

About

  • The current projected percentage of U.S. Veterans who are women is 8 percent.
  • In FY 2009 and FY 2010 PTSD, hypertension, and depression were the top three diagnostic categories for women Veterans treated by VHA.
  • About 1 in 5 women seen in VHA respond "yes" when screened for Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

To hear Stories of Service from women Veterans, visit In their Own Words.

The Advisory Committee on Women Veterans 2010 published this biennial report containing an overview of the Committee’s evaluations and recommendations for improvement to VA benefit programs and health care services.

Visit the VA’s Culture Change Campaign to view current PSAs.

Eligibility and Enrollment

Veterans can apply for VA health care enrollment by completing VA Form 10-10EZ. Apply online, or visit, call or write to any VA health care facility or Veterans' benefits office. You can also call the VA Health Benefits Call Center toll free at 877-222 VETS (877-222-8387). Get the latest on VA health care eligibility and enrollment.

VA Health Care for Women Veterans: Primary Care

  • General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, e.g., cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
  • Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. More on MST.

Specialty Care

  • Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
  • Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; urinary incontinence, and others.
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care, including: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy.

 

 

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