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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 Robert A. McDonald, the secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, telling him to make sure women veterans get the care they need and deserve!

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Secretary McDonald,

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


Jan 18, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jan 17, 2017 Kathleen Devaney
Jan 17, 2017 Mary Frederickson
Jan 17, 2017 Vanessa Estrada Please address the gender disparity present in the VA System.
Jan 17, 2017 STEPHANIE MINER
Jan 16, 2017 Pam O'Hara
Jan 14, 2017 Dewey Jackson
Jan 14, 2017 Betsy Farmer
Jan 14, 2017 Elaine Heathcoat
Jan 14, 2017 Sue Jackson
Jan 14, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Jan 13, 2017 anne benechet
Jan 11, 2017 Cecil D. Bennett
Jan 11, 2017 Aleasa Crary
Jan 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) Reguardless of what sex someone is if they SERVED our country then their needs should be taken care of by the VA. All veterans should honorably discharged should be given medical attention by the VA.
Jan 11, 2017 Anita McCain Please it's time to equalize
Jan 11, 2017 Susan Anthony
Jan 11, 2017 Rebecca A Trimmer Blackmore
Jan 11, 2017 Pamela Melander
Jan 11, 2017 Evelyn Amy Lanclos I am a female and a Veteran and we all deserve to be treated with more dignity and respect. Women are just as important as men and we did our job just like they did. Treatment of women back in the 90's, my experience, was horrible. Sexual harassment was
Jan 11, 2017 Sarah Steinmetz Every veteran should not have to worry about getting the help they need!
Jan 11, 2017 Marlene Crabill I have been disappointed by the care received at the Women's Clinic!
Jan 11, 2017 Kenneth Goltz How about taking care of the Women Veterans instead of the overpaid bureaucrats that are running the VA?
Jan 11, 2017 Eva Yates I am a female veteran. I have not been able to get into the VA system. Women veterans should have the same access to Healthcare and same quality as their male counterparts. Get rid of the overpaid failures and start doing the job of taking care of ALL
Jan 11, 2017 JoAnne Pegg
Jan 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2017 Thassie Shavings
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2017 Ralph Bobroski
Jan 10, 2017 Ronald Johnson
Jan 9, 2017 sara elkins
Jan 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2017 Dorothy Chandler
Jan 4, 2017 Lynne Wortman
Jan 2, 2017 Catherine Sowder
Jan 2, 2017 Pegi Chase
Jan 2, 2017 Deborah Cowdrey
Jan 2, 2017 Madeline Gregry I think that female officers deserve to get the care they need. They protect us every day.
Jan 2, 2017 Michele Mika
Jan 2, 2017 Sue White
Jan 2, 2017 Eve Delmonte
Jan 2, 2017 Kathryn Irby
Jan 2, 2017 L.J. Robinson
Jan 2, 2017 JEANNE AURNAGUE
Jan 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2017 Janet Kendig
Jan 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2017 Nancy Slanger Get a grip, and start taking proper care of female vets, too!
Jan 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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