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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 24, 2018 Susan Wood Have to go out for my tests. Athens GA clinic has gone downhill fast. Higher ups have to much input into this clinic. People that work there now do not help at all short of giving you the finger. I used to do transportation to this clinic.
Jun 24, 2018 Walt Wick
Jun 24, 2018 Elizabeth Eagan Women Veterans need consistent and proper medial care!
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed) Make the VA care accessible to women and staff for their needs today!
Jun 23, 2018 Kenneth Garrett Help our women Veterans now.
Jun 23, 2018 Dawn La Valle
Jun 23, 2018 Mary Baker
Jun 21, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 21, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Veteran and retired from VAMC. NEED better employment benifits and pay than private sector in order to recruit and maintain health employees.
Jun 19, 2018 Donna Ventola
Jun 15, 2018 Patricia Duncan
Jun 15, 2018 Nancy Wilson
Jun 14, 2018 Karen Supplee
Jun 14, 2018 Kathy Jones
Jun 14, 2018 Lynette Rynders
Jun 14, 2018 Terri Sammarco
Jun 14, 2018 Lisa Gurney
Jun 14, 2018 Staci Asher Proud to be a women Veteran
Jun 12, 2018 Deborah Ward Until veterans who are in the VA system are making the decisions that help other veterans I doubt anything will ever change!
Jun 12, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Jun 11, 2018 Linda Wiltshire
Jun 11, 2018 Natasha Vargas
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 8, 2018 Becky Mastoras
Jun 8, 2018 Jeanie Anderson
Jun 8, 2018 Shirley Chapian
Jun 8, 2018 Pat Lopez
Jun 8, 2018 Mike Aparo It’s incredible that our government neglects its female veterans even more than it does its male ones!
Jun 8, 2018 Nancy Lakey If they fight for our Country, they deserve to be taken care of. It's way past time to stop gender discrimination. Let's take care of the women just like they take care of us.
Jun 7, 2018 Harry Neyer
Jun 4, 2018 Michael Robinson
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 1, 2018 Heather Companion
Jun 1, 2018 Jack Gajda
May 29, 2018 R Hunter
May 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 J Lew Take benefits from Congress and give them to our vets. Our Veterans are the ones that actually do something for our country!
May 26, 2018 (Name not displayed) Being both a vet and nurse at the VA I can attest to the fact that more Dr are needed that have women’s heart!
May 25, 2018 Laurie Baker
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 16, 2018 Kim Johnson
May 15, 2018 Betty Chadwick As a woman veteran (Navy). I expect the VA to take care of all women veterans!
May 15, 2018 Phyllis Thomas
May 15, 2018 Bonnie Green Because of the lack of care for female Veterans at our local VA hospital, I chose to pay for my health insurance. However, many women do not have that option. Please make this a priority!
May 15, 2018 Mary Zak
May 12, 2018 michelle mitchell
May 11, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 10, 2018 L Dufresne NOW!

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