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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


Feb 24, 2017 Lori Carter
Feb 23, 2017 Nadia Mousa
Feb 21, 2017 Greta Guarton
Feb 20, 2017 Jacqueline Anderson
Feb 20, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Feb 20, 2017 Danielle Marques
Feb 19, 2017 Julia Russo
Feb 19, 2017 Barbara Toering
Feb 19, 2017 Carol Padgett i pray for our vets every day that they will have everything they need -- especially the basics, housing food, and good medical care.
Feb 19, 2017 Karol Morton
Feb 19, 2017 Marianne Taylor
Feb 19, 2017 Patricia Kreger
Feb 19, 2017 Patricia Gomez
Feb 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) please help women veterans get the medical care they need and earned. thank you
Feb 19, 2017 Susan Vandevelde
Feb 19, 2017 Doreen Perry
Feb 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2017 CeCe Fuhrman
Feb 19, 2017 Mary Ellen Clasgens
Feb 19, 2017 LINDA COHEN
Feb 19, 2017 Alyss Sanner
Feb 19, 2017 Judy Taylor
Feb 19, 2017 Vikki Attard
Feb 19, 2017 Susan Ellis
Feb 19, 2017 Barb Pyle
Feb 19, 2017 Thomas Washburn, M.D.
Feb 19, 2017 Pam Marden
Feb 19, 2017 Tamar Diana Wilson
Feb 19, 2017 Derrick Chavez As a fellow Veteran, I've seen the lack of care at VA hospitals firsthand, and even more so for our female Vets' specific needs.
Feb 19, 2017 Debra Zanzonico
Feb 19, 2017 Donna Shepherd This really pisses me off!
Feb 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2017 Dona Fong
Feb 19, 2017 SUSAN PENNICK please consider what women do for their country too
Feb 19, 2017 Lucinda Smith
Feb 19, 2017 esther winchester
Feb 19, 2017 Brian Uhler
Feb 19, 2017 MJ Shute While I do use the VA as my first choice for medical care, I do feel that we female vets do not get very much attention specific to our needs.
Feb 19, 2017 Weldon Barker
Feb 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2017 Dr. F. Silva As a disabled Veteran, I've seen firsthand the lack of care at VA hospitals. The VA is not my 1st place to go for care, which is why I have private ins. The VA doesn't take care of Veterans and it's time they do. Without Veterans they'd have no job.
Feb 19, 2017 Mildred hiatt
Feb 19, 2017 foteini chormpou
Feb 19, 2017 Leslie Gerber
Feb 19, 2017 mary tober
Feb 19, 2017 Julie Fischer Please, isn't it time to upgrade the system to be able to serve female veterans the ways they need?
Feb 19, 2017 Elizabeth Alvarez
Feb 19, 2017 Michael Macchi
Feb 19, 2017 Therese Monse
Feb 19, 2017 Marion Scott Readett Veterans are veterans and gender should not matter. We need to be there for all of our veterans who were there for us.

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