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In 1901, the first women began serving in the military under the Army Nurse Corps. Since then, thousands of women have served their nation in a variety of roles in the armed forces.

Today, 15 percent of the United States' veterans are women. As service members, they are, in theory, entitled to the same benefits as their male counterparts, but in practice, this is far from true because VA hospitals are critically understaffed and unprepared to address medical issues specific to women.

Several new outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the St. Cloud Times found there is a severe lack of gynecologists and the equipment and treatments gynecologists need to treat women. According to a report by Disabled American Veterans, or DAV, a third of VA medical centers lack a gynecologist on staff. Even the symptoms of everything from PTSD to heart attacks are different in women than in men. Thirty-one percent of VA clinics lack staff to provide adequate treatment for sexual assault, according to a recent report by the Institute of Medicine.

Our female veterans deserve the same level of care and professionalism that goes into treating male veterans.

Write today to the secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, telling them to make sure women veterans get the care they need and deserve!

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To the Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department,

I am writing to express my concern for the women who have served in the United States military who are now suffering as a result of understaffing and a severe lack of equipment at Veteran's Affairs facilities.

Women have different health needs from men, but that doesn't mean that because they are a minority in the armed forces that they shouldn't be able to access specialized care. According to a report by Disabled American Veterans, or DAV, a third of VA medical centers lack a gynecologist on staff. Thirty-one percent of VA clinics lack staff to provide adequate treatment for sexual assault, according to a recent report by the Institute of Medicine.

Since 1901, women have served in the military. This is not a new issue that has only recently developed. For generations, women who have served in the armed forces have relied on the VA to get the care they need, but have been ignored, their health concerns trivialized simply because they are a minority in the service.

This cannot be allowed to stand. Secretary McDonald, I urge you to do more to address the gender disparity present in the VA system. Women have fought just as hard and sacrificed just as much. They deserve proper medical care for all aspects of their physical and mental wellbeing, just as men do!

Thank you for your time,

Petition Signatures


Jan 19, 2018 JOHN RUDOLPH
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Linda Wilson Get the needed equipment!
Jan 18, 2018 Debbie Geddes
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2018 Chris Laneave
Jan 17, 2018 Marti Garza
Jan 17, 2018 miriam feehily
Jan 16, 2018 Linda Jones
Jan 16, 2018 Myrna Britton
Jan 15, 2018 Carole Kuehl
Jan 15, 2018 Ted Williams
Jan 15, 2018 Sara Graziosa
Jan 15, 2018 stephanie rohmer
Jan 15, 2018 denise Matthews women are as valuable in the military as the men. they should have access to the specialized care they need, just like any other veteran. please support them in the VA and DAV. thank you
Jan 15, 2018 cara frame
Jan 15, 2018 paulo reeson
Jan 15, 2018 mike robertson
Jan 15, 2018 jeanne rogers
Jan 15, 2018 Elizabeth McGowan
Jan 14, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Jan 14, 2018 Louann Schildknecht
Jan 14, 2018 delvia logan
Jan 14, 2018 Wanda Tappe
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) THEY SHOULD HELP ALL IF THEY ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY THEY DESERVE OUR HELP AND RESECT
Jan 13, 2018 Ellen Prinzi Waiting 4 plus years for an appeal which would have been granted to a male solider. Wait 3 months plus to see orthopedic doctor.
Jan 13, 2018 Bernadette Hitch
Jan 13, 2018 WILFREDO OSORIO
Jan 13, 2018 Lozana Eppler Help the women!
Jan 13, 2018 ROBERT FREUND Women are veterans, too, and have earned the right to VA facilities. VA needs to move forward immediately to insure they receive appropriate care the same as men.
Jan 13, 2018 Bridget Hawk I have just recently been beauty lies in the women’s center in Nashville Tennessee. I have seen my PCP three times and all three times she has dismissed my pain she has dismiss my allergies and chastised me for having to cancel appointments.
Jan 13, 2018 Michail Lynch
Jan 6, 2018 Jeanne Bradbury REALLY???? I thought this was finally resolved when DECADES AFTER THEIR SERVICE, WACS were recognized for their incredible service in WWII.
Jan 3, 2018 katta gert
Jan 2, 2018 Joyce Lee
Jan 2, 2018 Laurie Aman
Jan 2, 2018 JAMES PETRILLO All Veterans deserve care. While staffing may not be practical providing access to quality care is! An administrator that can't arrange that should be suspended pending a hearing for possible dismissal!
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2018 Ginger Hipszky
Jan 2, 2018 Nancy Nolen
Jan 2, 2018 Jeana Martin
Jan 2, 2018 Aileen Pallares Give the women the medical treatment that they need.
Jan 2, 2018 William Simmons
Jan 2, 2018 Jeanne Rothwarf
Jan 2, 2018 Sharon Tully And for all who had sexual harassment and got out even tho they wanted to retire all should be given retirement
Jan 2, 2018 Terrence McKelvey
Jan 2, 2018 Jose Barrios Vanegas
Jan 2, 2018 Susan Vandenassem Seems like women in the military, on police forces, or who are firefighters frequently get the short end of the stick. Anyone willing to lay his or her life on the line for us is equally worthy of our consideration.
Jan 2, 2018 Donna Frye
Jan 2, 2018 Donna Selquist

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