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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 14, 2018 Maria Cardenas
Aug 14, 2018 Lynn Pascente
Aug 14, 2018 Peggy Olson I am a female vet. We need same level care that the Male vets get. We have issues that are specific to females. It was ok to fight and do the job of males but we are not given the same consideration in care.
Aug 14, 2018 Sylvia Ferro
Aug 14, 2018 Kris Winther These women fought for us just like their male counterparts and deserve to be recognized for their contributions.
Aug 14, 2018 katherine grant
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) I am a veteran and received such substandard care from the VA that almost cost me my life twice (1995-1997).
Aug 14, 2018 Janet Mila McClarren
Aug 14, 2018 Tara Carter
Aug 14, 2018 Gail LaGasse I served and I know even back then (1960) most of the medical facilities were geared for men not women. They deserve to be able to get the necessary medical treatment, ALL vets should be able to count on proper medical treatment.
Aug 14, 2018 D Thomas
Aug 14, 2018 Charles Shepler
Aug 14, 2018 Homer Wood
Aug 14, 2018 Mary Bergman
Aug 14, 2018 Filomena C
Aug 14, 2018 Amber Marshall
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Samantha Wilson
Aug 14, 2018 Sandy weber it's a shame #45 wants to spend the money he gave to the Pentagon,insteast of a parade and buying Carcinogen products from Russia to improve things for our vet's especially the female Vet's ***
Aug 14, 2018 Terri Mills I am extremely disappointed to learn of this and ashamed that it is taking a petition to make the necessary changes. Lets get it done!!!
Aug 14, 2018 Pat Layden
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Honor Scott
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Catherine Hostetter
Aug 14, 2018 Mac Riv
Aug 14, 2018 Patrick Kummer
Aug 14, 2018 Marcie Schwalbach
Aug 14, 2018 Bo Seward
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Melanie Mason
Aug 14, 2018 MARY GUTREUTER
Aug 14, 2018 Nancy Preston
Aug 14, 2018 Angel Hart
Aug 14, 2018 Diane Peak
Aug 14, 2018 Naoma Hess
Aug 14, 2018 salena petersen-keesecker
Aug 14, 2018 Barbara Schneider
Aug 14, 2018 Diann Read As a female veteran myself, this is an important issue to me.
Aug 14, 2018 Veronica Coty Our vets deserve better. Please pay attention to this important issue. Thank you.
Aug 14, 2018 Anne Commerton First off I would like to say that I am a female veteran and I do use the VA solely for my medical care. VA Cincinnati does a great job and I am very happy with their service. They do not however currently have a gynecologist in their female clinic.
Aug 14, 2018 Debby Sprechman
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Rosemary McCourt
Aug 14, 2018 Gitte Bjerrisgaard This is 2018! Female veterans deserve the same care and safety as the male veterans. That's obvious!?
Aug 14, 2018 b plethora
Aug 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) I am a female veteran too. Luckily, I am able to get the medical care I need outside of the VA system. Do not forget women veterans.
Aug 7, 2018 SHERI SCHONGOLD
Aug 7, 2018 Lisa Delabre

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