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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


Apr 22, 2018 Janine Scott
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 Joan Kelly
Apr 14, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Apr 13, 2018 Rory Ackroyd
Apr 13, 2018 Lisa Ackroyd
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Jane Rigney Why would you even THINK of denying a female veteran whatever sort of health care she needs? All vets should have equal assistance from the VA!
Apr 10, 2018 Robert Furem
Apr 10, 2018 phyl toohey
Apr 10, 2018 JoNell Anton
Apr 9, 2018 Donald Grable They need it as much as we do
Apr 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2018 Annette Bernard
Apr 9, 2018 Mary Higby Give them as good of treatment as the men. They are in it together.
Apr 6, 2018 thomas friedman
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Peter C Krebs
Apr 5, 2018 Michelle Haag
Apr 5, 2018 Patty Dolata All of our service personnel need assistance when they come home. Please provide for female issues.
Apr 4, 2018 freddie williams
Apr 3, 2018 Tom Woods
Apr 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2018 Durk Barton
Mar 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2018 Jean Cherpak
Mar 24, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 24, 2018 Carol Blevins This needs to be rectified
Mar 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Mary Welman Give women veterans and all veterans the rights that they deserve
Mar 22, 2018 Dianna Fiskin
Mar 22, 2018 Sharon HAYDEN Get care for female vets
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Marcie Coo5
Mar 22, 2018 Gail Hamil
Mar 22, 2018 Jean Waterloo
Mar 22, 2018 Janet Boyle
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) I pray that our president is listening to this
Mar 22, 2018 Helen Moyle
Mar 18, 2018 Jeanne Harrington
Mar 18, 2018 Robbie DuClos My daughter served in the army. I am a proud mom. All women vets deserve to have the same level of care as the male vets!
Mar 18, 2018 Clarence Hart
Mar 18, 2018 Leona Woods All of us female veterans deserve heath care at the VA
Mar 17, 2018 Heidi Buckles
Mar 16, 2018 Deni Ann Gereighty
Mar 15, 2018 Carol Archinal
Mar 14, 2018 K Cherry
Mar 14, 2018 Carla Wilson
Mar 13, 2018 Wanda Anthony

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