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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


Mar 29, 2017 Patricia Ehline
Mar 29, 2017 Edna Young
Mar 29, 2017 Paula Lloyd They have no idea how to treat female patients. Much less having the equipment it's really sad.
Mar 28, 2017 Ezra Mable
Mar 28, 2017 Pamela Hermes
Mar 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2017 Elizabeth Scherbak
Mar 28, 2017 Kim Ostermeier
Mar 28, 2017 PJ Burns
Mar 28, 2017 Barbara Skabialka
Mar 28, 2017 Marjorie Coey Our vets deserve all the help they need and should get.
Mar 28, 2017 DIRK WILLIAMSON
Mar 28, 2017 Linda Schwartz
Mar 28, 2017 Kathleen Aniello
Mar 28, 2017 Debbi Wood
Mar 28, 2017 Cheryl Woods As a female vet myself the VS should be doing all they can to help females
Mar 28, 2017 David Schnitzler
Mar 28, 2017 DONNA M MAIORANO STOP THE ABUSE AND TAKE CARE OF ALL OUR VETS. THIS IS ABOMINABLE TO ALL WHO SERVE. DO SOMETHING NOW!!!!!!!
Mar 28, 2017 Sandra Weeks Our women in uniform fought for our freedom as did the men. They deserve the best of medical care, too, as the men have.
Mar 28, 2017 Mary BRANDENBURG
Mar 28, 2017 Patricia Walker They serve - they deserve.
Mar 28, 2017 Robin Aldrich
Mar 28, 2017 WILLIAM Lathroum
Mar 28, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate/Human
Mar 28, 2017 Shauna Killen
Mar 28, 2017 Laurie Nugent
Mar 28, 2017 Laurie Casey
Mar 28, 2017 Rose Dulko All of our vets deserve top health care treatment!
Mar 28, 2017 Angela Harrison Please take care of our women who have served this country. Their courage and commitment are as to be rewarded and encouraged by all of us who were served by them.
Mar 28, 2017 Lyn Miller Women deserve the treatment they need as much as any other vet.
Mar 28, 2017 Gregg Pugliese These lady's need you help too!!! Why must you all turn them away all so !!
Mar 28, 2017 Lisa Briggs
Mar 28, 2017 Tina Tine'
Mar 28, 2017 Betty Dunworth
Mar 28, 2017 Susan Haase Stop treating your female military members as second class citizens.
Mar 28, 2017 Alessandro Zanaboni
Mar 28, 2017 Sherece Sitek
Mar 28, 2017 Erik Hurley All armed force members, past and present, deserve excellent health care they require.
Mar 28, 2017 Michele Burbano
Mar 28, 2017 Linda K Swift
Mar 28, 2017 Dolores Herrmann
Mar 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2017 Christena Oakley
Mar 28, 2017 Patricia Moorehead
Mar 28, 2017 Marilyn Clemenza They deserve the same medical attention as their male counterparts. They have served their country too! Please see that they get everything they need. Thank you!
Mar 28, 2017 John Davis
Mar 28, 2017 Cheryl Barnett
Mar 28, 2017 Charlotte Tancin
Mar 28, 2017 Marilyn Bunker
Mar 28, 2017 Marsha Benz

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