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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

Jul 20, 2017 Barbara Goodrich
Jul 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2017 Thomas Rosenthal
Jul 17, 2017 Lucille Lietzau
Jul 17, 2017 Alison Buchanan We need more qualified person,one who has been in this and can understand how,why,when & how to fix.
Jul 17, 2017 Laurie Abbuhl
Jul 17, 2017 Stacy Moore I am a female veteran that has been subjest to the poor treatment in medical benefits from the VA and have been fighting to get the proper care for years.
Jul 16, 2017 Leigh Ann Hardy Retired over 20 years ago and the VA recently called me to see if I was in need of care? No thanks, I've been fortunate t have good health insurance and won't be long and I qualify for Medicare. VA has never cared about Female service members
Jul 16, 2017 Kay Schmitt All Vetrans deserve care. They have All given their best, for our country. Now it is the country's duty to take care of them!
Jul 16, 2017 Clay Lyon A vet is a vet. They bleed just like men do they deserve the same benefits
Jul 16, 2017 Mary Zurla Take care of the women you made vets! support the ones who suffered rape under your not so watchful eye!
Jul 16, 2017 Pamala Heydt Veterans NEED to have the government KEEP their promises and not more of the same and female veterans being disrespected/not listened to. Women need OB/GYN, cancer screenings (worked near radiating radars in my MOS) and better monitoring of health issues
Jul 16, 2017 Helen Bauer
Jul 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) While I am happy and so grateful for the care I receive at the Boise, Idaho VA Center, I have numerous female veteran friends that are not as fortunate. It makes me angry that any human can be so openly neglected and downright disregarded. Unacceptable!
Jul 16, 2017 Vivian Reesh
Jul 16, 2017 Louise Slavenski
Jul 16, 2017 Janis Westendorf
Jul 15, 2017 Bonnie Gallik
Jul 15, 2017 Barbara Walsh
Jul 15, 2017 Sloane Miller
Jul 14, 2017 Christina Reagan Men and Women both serve they need to be treated equally
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) I'm one of the Female Veterans not getting proper medical care.
Jul 14, 2017 Etonne Rosprim
Jul 13, 2017 Helen Thomas
Jul 13, 2017 Ana María
Jul 13, 2017 Patricia Flynn
Jul 13, 2017 Marlene Mathews
Jul 13, 2017 jane frazer
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2017 Jaye Duncan
Jul 12, 2017 Carol Huddlestun
Jul 10, 2017 Theresa Jenkins
Jul 7, 2017 Donna Sawyer
Jul 6, 2017 Lynda Kerr
Jul 6, 2017 Erick Hays
Jul 6, 2017 Pamela Brown Women are Vets too! They've served their country now we need to give them the care they deserve.
Jul 6, 2017 Jennifer Pinkston
Jul 6, 2017 Susan Tatelman
Jul 6, 2017 William Vann
Jul 6, 2017 Margaret Pravic
Jul 6, 2017 Tammy Haller
Jul 6, 2017 Patrina Van Sky
Jul 6, 2017 Yanky Ng
Jul 6, 2017 Priscilla Lai
Jul 6, 2017 Julia Villafuerte
Jul 6, 2017 Luiza Rangel
Jul 6, 2017 Thomas Rangel
Jul 6, 2017 Kiku Rangel

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