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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


Aug 18, 2017 Dolores Capwell Our needs r never addressed. We need help, " Please help us".
Aug 18, 2017 Sam Monaco
Aug 18, 2017 Paula Keenum
Aug 18, 2017 lisa seeney
Aug 18, 2017 Jerilynn Gordon Gender based needs are Needs by both genders .
Aug 18, 2017 JACOB Hostetler Women are Veteran, no more, no less, than any male Veteran.
Aug 18, 2017 Lisa Shantz
Aug 18, 2017 Deborah Caleb
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) WOMEN DESERVE THE SAME BENEFITS AS MEN
Aug 18, 2017 Lone Fundby
Aug 18, 2017 Mike Garrett
Aug 18, 2017 charles Smith
Aug 18, 2017 Maggie Stewart
Aug 18, 2017 Ronald Rutzky
Aug 18, 2017 Patricia Foil
Aug 18, 2017 Patricia Grimes
Aug 18, 2017 Elaine Dunn
Aug 18, 2017 Gloria Tripp
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Karen Blasius As usual, women veterans don't rate the same consideration or healthcare as male veterans. This has to be corrected right now.
Aug 18, 2017 diane rich
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 foteini horbou
Aug 18, 2017 Deborah Babcock As a female veteran myself, I feel strongly about the care that female vets are entitled to but many times don't recieve.
Aug 18, 2017 Jacquie Mclellan
Aug 18, 2017 Jeffory Newkirk Everyone that serves this country through our military deserves the care that they may need as a result of their service.
Aug 18, 2017 Paula Morgan Women veterans need the care they deserve for protecting our country and values. Women are no less than men.
Aug 18, 2017 Amy Skaggs
Aug 16, 2017 Terry Lowe This is just unbelievable that we're still need to advocate for women in the service. Very sad to see not enough progress has been made.
Aug 16, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Aug 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) I was sexually assaulted in the military and there is NOT a lot of areas in the VA that actually help with this. They tend to throw it in with depression or something else.
Aug 8, 2017 Michaele Wagner
Aug 7, 2017 Diane Miller why are women always the last to receive???
Aug 6, 2017 Kathy & Judy Sutter
Aug 3, 2017 Corinne Kissell
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2017 (Name not displayed) If women are serviing our Country, then our Country VA programs need to be in place....Fix this! What a disgrace!
Jul 31, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 30, 2017 ΚΛΑΙΡΗ ΕΥΘΥΜΙΑΔΟΥ
Jul 28, 2017 Jo Sellers They need counselors better suited to diagnose PTSD from sexual assault while serving in the military. My counselor was a civilian working at the VA in my claim was denied
Jul 27, 2017 Suzanne Evans Boise has a great program, more should follow it.
Jul 27, 2017 Christine Zimmerman
Jul 27, 2017 Patricia Speranza
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)

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