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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


May 25, 2018 Laurie Baker
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 16, 2018 Kim Johnson
May 15, 2018 Betty Chadwick As a woman veteran (Navy). I expect the VA to take care of all women veterans!
May 15, 2018 Phyllis Thomas
May 15, 2018 Bonnie Green Because of the lack of care for female Veterans at our local VA hospital, I chose to pay for my health insurance. However, many women do not have that option. Please make this a priority!
May 15, 2018 Mary Zak
May 12, 2018 TITIANA LITEANU
May 12, 2018 michelle mitchell
May 11, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 10, 2018 L Dufresne NOW!
May 10, 2018 Christine Maidl
May 10, 2018 Gail Grobbelaar
May 9, 2018 Patty Currey
May 9, 2018 Michael Crowden
May 8, 2018 Natalie Bieniarz
May 8, 2018 tammy bullock
May 8, 2018 Marion Barbour
May 4, 2018 Bonnie Steiger Female lives matter!
Apr 29, 2018 Barb Quinn
Apr 29, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 28, 2018 Kaley Bill
Apr 25, 2018 sylvie haustete
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

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