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Sponsored by: The Veterans Site

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


Sep 15, 2017 karen alesio
Sep 14, 2017 Carrie Bolin
Sep 11, 2017 Kristi L. Meccia
Sep 6, 2017 lauri hartman and justice for all
Sep 6, 2017 Dana Sharbrough
Sep 6, 2017 Victoria Johnson
Sep 6, 2017 Susan Whitsell
Sep 6, 2017 cathy davis
Sep 6, 2017 Rhonda Maness
Sep 6, 2017 Cheri Jones We MUST take care of women Veterans!
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed) all our military need to be taken care of, be they male or female, please treat the female military fairly.
Sep 6, 2017 Sherry Thompson
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Beverly Rector
Sep 6, 2017 Gil Hackel
Sep 6, 2017 Dominique Fallara
Sep 6, 2017 Tracy Pierce
Sep 6, 2017 Misti Manns
Sep 6, 2017 Caitlyn Lowery
Sep 6, 2017 Cynthia Plummer
Sep 6, 2017 Roberta Moore Actions speak louder than words. Stop with the rhetoric & do something meaningful.
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Sheryl Weitz What is wrong with our government...they can serve, but you can't give them care after they come home? Both FEMALE and MALE need top notch care!!!! Find it and give it in every facility!
Sep 6, 2017 Leslie Johnson
Sep 6, 2017 Sandra Buchman
Sep 6, 2017 Annicka Chetty
Sep 6, 2017 Esther Lorraine Bauer
Sep 6, 2017 Arthur Sumrall
Sep 6, 2017 Lisa Carlotta
Sep 6, 2017 D. MOREU They are willing to DIE for us; help them LIVE.
Sep 6, 2017 Carmen Rodriguez
Sep 6, 2017 Donna Mead
Sep 6, 2017 Dawn Hall I am a female vet.
Sep 6, 2017 Marta Esposito My daughter-in-law ins in the military - she needs the care same as the men.
Sep 6, 2017 Catherine Petracek
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Nancy Goodwin
Sep 6, 2017 Robert Trotter This under staffing and equipment shortage must be stopped.
Sep 6, 2017 Barbara Hobbs
Sep 6, 2017 Irene Pszenny
Sep 6, 2017 Carol Henderson
Sep 6, 2017 Arnold Cabral
Sep 6, 2017 Bob Brucker
Sep 6, 2017 Pat T
Sep 6, 2017 JERRY GODSEY
Aug 29, 2017 Elaine Dunn
Aug 28, 2017 DOROTHY RODEL
Aug 28, 2017 Mattie Essemaeker
Aug 26, 2017 Katy Clayton
Aug 26, 2017 ROGER TRIPP

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