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Sponsored by: The Veterans Site

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 14, 2018 Sheila Todd
Feb 14, 2018 Judy Benham Our women veterans have given up so much to serve our country. They deserve so much better than what they're getting. What a horrible, neglectful, shameful way we treat the people who help us the most.
Feb 14, 2018 Paula Keenum
Feb 14, 2018 CHRISSIE Boone
Feb 14, 2018 PATRICIA PUCKETT These women deserve the best treatment our country can give them because of the sacrifices they have made serving our country
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Feb 9, 2018 Rashmi Varma
Feb 9, 2018 Czora Pagsolingan
Feb 9, 2018 Ginger Gorum
Feb 9, 2018 Barbara Goldberg These women served their country and deserve the best treatment !
Feb 9, 2018 Pamela DelPadre-Mahon
Feb 9, 2018 Mary Williams-Fields
Feb 9, 2018 M Joan Hutton
Feb 9, 2018 Carol Lyon
Feb 9, 2018 Abigail Howard
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 Joyce Mainiero
Feb 9, 2018 Lynn Purdy, USN
Feb 9, 2018 namita dalal
Feb 9, 2018 Martha Van Neste
Feb 9, 2018 Kathy Bradley
Feb 9, 2018 Pallie Schuff They took care of us, we should take care of them
Feb 9, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 9, 2018 Kelly Starkey This cannot be allowed to stand.
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 Sheila Housler Grady
Feb 9, 2018 Christine Trombley
Feb 9, 2018 Karen METH
Feb 9, 2018 Lois Shubert These women gave up their civilian lives to serve their country. They deserve the best care from the VA as the men do.
Feb 9, 2018 Kae Davison
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 James Brzozkiewicz All Veterans deserve the best care from the VA
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed) An increase in the military budget TWICE in the last two years can EASILY pay for female Veteran care! They served, so they need to be taken care of in female specific ways. Thank you!
Feb 9, 2018 carole cooke
Feb 9, 2018 Gloria Trinka
Feb 9, 2018 Penelope Allingham
Feb 9, 2018 Donnita Dunnam
Feb 9, 2018 Laurie Rozgonyi
Feb 9, 2018 Yasmine DeLoach
Feb 9, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Feb 9, 2018 Rebecca Libsack It is truly distressing that we can send them to war, but ignore them after they come home.
Feb 9, 2018 Donna Carroll
Feb 9, 2018 Signe Woodin
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 kimberly bouchard-shapiro
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 Ruth Nielsen
Feb 9, 2018 Dale Clausen Meyer Give ALL of America's VETs great health benefits. If we don't take care of our military, we won't be here to take care of anything else.
Feb 9, 2018 Barbara Rogers

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