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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

Feb 26, 2017 Craig Landis We all served to protect America and we all deserve to be treated with equal respect.
Feb 26, 2017 Mary-Ann Porrazzo ALL vets deserve to have their health concerns addressed. Please wake up to the fact that women have different concerns that need attention.
Feb 26, 2017 Effie Hughes Let us remember that women have health issues that differ from those of men. They Serve....They Deserve. Let us take care of our women warriors the best way we can and continue doing same for men. People we OWE THEM! Thank you to men and women who served
Feb 26, 2017 Thearle Lacey
Feb 26, 2017 deb cagle Lets fix this problem
Feb 26, 2017 Barbara Santoro
Feb 26, 2017 Patricia Benward
Feb 26, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Feb 26, 2017 Patty Armstrong
Feb 26, 2017 gerald and lisa Arnold
Feb 26, 2017 Pat Brown Care for All.........They ALL were there for us!
Feb 26, 2017 Julia Ayana Baltrip All our noble veterans must be cared for.
Feb 26, 2017 Rosemary Parr-Shore
Feb 26, 2017 Tracey Martin
Feb 26, 2017 John Buscher
Feb 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) El Paso VA doesn't have enough doctors to care for women veterans. I haven't seen a doctor in 4 years. If I request an appointment, I have to wait 8 months to a year.
Feb 26, 2017 Sandra Barrett
Feb 26, 2017 Tammy Luppino
Feb 25, 2017 Maria-Viktoria Abricka
Feb 25, 2017 Kelsey Brewer
Feb 25, 2017 Lou Ann Strozyk Our female military have earned this healthcare and should not be denied. They risk sexual assault inside of our own country, as well as when overseas. They also risk their lives for our country.
Feb 25, 2017 Kim Randolph
Feb 24, 2017 Lori Carter
Feb 23, 2017 Nadia Mousa
Feb 21, 2017 Greta Guarton
Feb 20, 2017 Jacqueline Anderson
Feb 20, 2017 Danielle Marques
Feb 19, 2017 Julia Russo
Feb 19, 2017 Barbara Toering
Feb 19, 2017 Carol Padgett i pray for our vets every day that they will have everything they need -- especially the basics, housing food, and good medical care.
Feb 19, 2017 Karol Morton
Feb 19, 2017 Marianne Taylor
Feb 19, 2017 Patricia Kreger
Feb 19, 2017 Patricia Gomez
Feb 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) please help women veterans get the medical care they need and earned. thank you
Feb 19, 2017 Susan Vandevelde
Feb 19, 2017 Doreen Perry
Feb 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2017 CeCe Fuhrman
Feb 19, 2017 Mary Ellen Clasgens
Feb 19, 2017 LINDA COHEN
Feb 19, 2017 Alyss Sanner
Feb 19, 2017 Judy Taylor
Feb 19, 2017 Vikki Attard
Feb 19, 2017 Susan Ellis
Feb 19, 2017 Barb Pyle
Feb 19, 2017 Thomas Washburn, M.D.
Feb 19, 2017 Pam Marden
Feb 19, 2017 Tamar Diana Wilson
Feb 19, 2017 Derrick Chavez As a fellow Veteran, I've seen the lack of care at VA hospitals firsthand, and even more so for our female Vets' specific needs.

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