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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


Jun 23, 2017 Don Short
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2017 william matson
Jun 18, 2017 Lynn Coffey-Edelman
Jun 17, 2017 Kathie Wilcox This is unacceptible that the VA doesn't provide adequate care for women. The VA should carry all the neccessary physicians for women in their medical centers. Come on VA, get with the program.
Jun 17, 2017 Wauline Falce
Jun 14, 2017 Kathy Reynolds as a disabled woman veteran, I am very discouraged by the lack of appropriate care provided by the VA for myself and my former sisters in arms. This is a situation that needs to be remedied as soon as possible.
Jun 14, 2017 Linda Messer
Jun 14, 2017 Linda Behret
Jun 14, 2017 lynne wolf
Jun 14, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Jun 13, 2017 April Fournier
Jun 13, 2017 Jacque Pizzol
Jun 13, 2017 sandra grigg
Jun 13, 2017 David Lockhart
Jun 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 13, 2017 Sara Shuemake
Jun 13, 2017 Tom Porpiglia
Jun 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Jun 11, 2017 Rhonda Spencer
Jun 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2017 Marilu Hernandez
Jun 10, 2017 Leah Dickson Discrimination against women is ILLEGAL, and INHUMANE. They are fighting for all us too. They DESERVE better treatment.
Jun 10, 2017 Alysa Waring
Jun 10, 2017 Carol Baker
Jun 10, 2017 ruth kern
Jun 10, 2017 Morgan Murchison
Jun 10, 2017 John Bowers We all served so we are and have always been equal, so treatment whether medical or social should be the same. USAF Ret.
Jun 10, 2017 Margaret Bowers This is something that should not have to be asked for!
Jun 10, 2017 Susan Farro
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 beth kunze Should not matter if the soldier is male or female EACH need adequate meical service. Women need to be treated also they are after all...SOLDIERS
Jun 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) They deserve the best care - like all veterans should.
Jun 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2017 Karen Sidley
Jun 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2017 Patricia McIntyre This is uncalled for, their medical needs are just as important as a male veteran. Time to adjust Veterans Affairs, times they are a changin'
Jun 1, 2017 paulette vallieres
Jun 1, 2017 Lea Faulks
Jun 1, 2017 Wendy Castleman I stopped using the VA decades ago because they treated us like second class citizens. Thank God for Tricare.
Jun 1, 2017 David Witenstein
Jun 1, 2017 Jane Harrison
Jun 1, 2017 Alicja Bożek
Jun 1, 2017 Joyce Davis
Jun 1, 2017 Marjorie Smith
Jun 1, 2017 george lewis
Jun 1, 2017 Thomas Baird

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