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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


May 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2017 Carol Morris
May 22, 2017 Amber Dudkowski
May 22, 2017 Ann Donat I am a Veteran. At the present time, I do not use the VA, however, I believe more money and personnel should be spent and hired to treat special needs of women veterans, as well as their male counterparts.
May 22, 2017 Janet White
May 22, 2017 Erik Bjarnar
May 22, 2017 Billie Cleckler
May 22, 2017 Michele Dudenhoeffer I am a vet myself and I feel the men are taken care of better than the women. We signed up and fought, so we should get the same treatment.
May 22, 2017 Randall Ferrell
May 22, 2017 Gloria Jones
May 22, 2017 Colleen Smith
May 22, 2017 Ann Gramling Women veterans are entitled to medical care specific to their needs as men are also. Their selfless service was done as an American and should be valued as such.
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2017 Lynette Salsa
May 22, 2017 Kim Anthony A friend of my sister-in-law was an MP in the military for 20 years. Unfortunately, she ended up getting breast cancer and wanted to go to a VA hospital for treatment. They turned her away, because it was a "female" issue. She ended up passing away.
May 22, 2017 Roxann Carmean Floyd
May 22, 2017 Dana Oholorogg
May 22, 2017 nicole pronger
May 22, 2017 Alexandra Crume
May 22, 2017 Jennifer Wilson
May 22, 2017 Dana Tallant
May 22, 2017 Gisela Wykle
May 22, 2017 Beatrice Platt
May 22, 2017 Amy Whitfield
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2017 Kurt Webster
May 22, 2017 Hank Stevens You have a responsibility for ALL veterans, no exceptions!
May 22, 2017 AMY WILLIAMS
May 22, 2017 Catherine H Donovan
May 22, 2017 cecilia olea
May 22, 2017 Clair Hinckley
May 22, 2017 Barbara Deuel
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2017 Linda Hanchett
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2017 D Smith
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2017 Megan Gayle
May 22, 2017 Angelia Kendrick I support our Women Veterans!
May 22, 2017 J Torres It has been proven, dogs (animal) do help. It's better than just a pill.
May 22, 2017 Tony De Lise
May 22, 2017 Debbie Sokolowski Please do more for our women vets - they deserve to be taken care of as do all vets!!!!
May 22, 2017 Valerie Serafini
May 22, 2017 Margaret Wilson
May 22, 2017 Mary Embry
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is the 21st Century. Equal rights for all under the law and all services!
May 22, 2017 Troy-David Phillips All Veterans deserve care, consideration, respect, and the benefits they are due. Women Veterans in particular seem to need to be regarded not as a minority but as "Veterans".
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2017 Rebecca Franz Its way overdue for the VA to help ALL Veterans properly! Stop slacking off and do your jobs!! Female soldiers work just as hard (if not harder) as male soldiers. There should be NO lack of care for them. Get your act together VA!!!
May 22, 2017 Christine stead

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