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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


Jul 27, 2017 Lynn Purdy
Jul 27, 2017 Mary Coady
Jul 27, 2017 De'Borah Walters
Jul 27, 2017 Susan Beebe Military women deserve medical care equal to that of their male counterparts. The VA needs to do a better job.
Jul 27, 2017 Joan Ramsey There shouldn't even be a question about it. The VA system needs to care for ALL Vets with ALL their needs; not just what's convenient!
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2017 BARBARA TOMIN
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) I found this to be true while I was serving & again dealing with the VA in 4 different states. I have COPD because they didn't provide properly fitted respirators while I worked with chemicals and dusts. No safety equipment that fit women.
Jul 27, 2017 MARY EMERICH
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) Any person serving in our military deserves to get the best care this country can provide them, no matter the gender. Care must be provided for women and men.
Jul 27, 2017 chris mcCormick
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2017 Jane Drake No excuse not to address female soldiers' issues.
Jul 27, 2017 Rebecca Mierke
Jul 27, 2017 Lise Gijsen
Jul 27, 2017 linde myers
Jul 27, 2017 Kathy Flynn Each and every person who have chosen to serve in our military deserves the BEST care this country can offer. These brave men and women put their lives on the line so that the rest of us can enjoy the freedom we hold so dear!!!!!
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2017 Barbara Smith
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2017 Kirstie Elliott
Jul 27, 2017 Beatriz Perez This is critical. I'm a Veteran and am now seeing first hand how the VA is understaffed. This needs to be addressed and dealt with for every single Veteran involved.
Jul 27, 2017 Neale Turner Our female vets deserve to be cared for, just as we men.
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2017 Bunnie Striggow
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2017 Catharine Keene
Jul 27, 2017 Henry Young All veterans need the care they need no matter what gender they may be.
Jul 27, 2017 Kandy Richard
Jul 27, 2017 Kenneth Deal
Jul 27, 2017 Susan Miller
Jul 27, 2017 Anne Miettinen
Jul 27, 2017 Theresia Simon
Jul 27, 2017 Edwin Thiele
Jul 27, 2017 Nikola Iliev
Jul 25, 2017 Mark Lungo
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2017 INGER KNUDSON
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2017 Anita Hester
Jul 25, 2017 LaDonna Earl-Jones
Jul 25, 2017 Josephine Polifroni Please give our female vets the health care they need.
Jul 25, 2017 janice arrington
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) As a disabled female veteran myself, I can attest to how ill prepared the VA is to treating women. I am never seen as a patient in the waiting room, but someone's girlfriend or wife. Am constantly overlooked, have to argue for women specific routine exams
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Do the right thing as it is the right thing to do.... for ALL vets.
Jul 25, 2017 Susan Cottingham they need help too!!!!
Jul 25, 2017 Carol Bostick
Jul 25, 2017 Vicki Cartolano
Jul 25, 2017 Jacob Yoss
Jul 25, 2017 Sally Coy Especially because the new health care bill does not treat women as equals.

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