Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 35,000 Progress: 19,026
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!

Sign Here






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


Apr 21, 2017 Marion Hulen
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2017 C T I'm lucky the Northport VA on Long Island (NY) has an awesome women's clinic. I pray others are able to get the same care I do.
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2017 Leslie D
Apr 21, 2017 Lori Visioli
Apr 21, 2017 Mary K Williams A veteran is a veteran is a veteran. Gender should not even be a factor. Give them all SUPERIOR medical care! Freedom is NOT free but the freedom we enjoy is because they fought for us. Now let's fight for them - it's the least we can do!
Apr 21, 2017 robert dowling
Apr 21, 2017 Pamela Dennis
Apr 21, 2017 Sandy Rodriguez
Apr 21, 2017 Justin Grizzle
Apr 21, 2017 Mike Todd
Apr 21, 2017 Vivian Nicely
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2017 Evelyne MIRASSOU
Apr 21, 2017 Barbara Weiner
Apr 21, 2017 leslie fluegel This should not need a petition
Apr 21, 2017 Anthony Sexton Shouldn't this be addressed to David Shulkin, VA Secretary? No reason to not have the the same care not given to women vets.
Apr 21, 2017 Eva Catania Please show our female veterans the same respect as their male counterparts. War does not discriminate by gender and neither should the Veterans Affairs Department.
Apr 21, 2017 Elinor Rossi
Apr 21, 2017 Gina Hart
Apr 21, 2017 Anna Hinnenkamp-Faulk
Apr 21, 2017 Kimberly Fitzgerald
Apr 21, 2017 Judith Nicosia Since women want to serve and can serve in the military, they should absolutely have access to a better level of care than currently exists. Equal service, equal pay, equal health care.
Apr 21, 2017 Nadine Roddy Equality in medical care now!
Apr 21, 2017 James Closs
Apr 21, 2017 Lori Lutz
Apr 21, 2017 Belinda Page Demand equality in medical care for our veterans. They deserve nothing less!
Apr 21, 2017 Michael Garrett
Apr 21, 2017 J Summers Why isn't there adequate medical personnel and equipment available for U.S. women soldiers? I am just looking for a legitimate answer to the question. It is 2017 and I can't believe this is even an issue.
Apr 21, 2017 Paul Janas God Bless America. We need to take care of our own! Please do the right thing.
Apr 21, 2017 Corrie Lee Sookeroff
Apr 21, 2017 Traci Youngblood Our Warriors deserve the best care possible.
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2017 Norma Sutcliffe
Apr 18, 2017 Solveiga Licis Unger Our military should not treat anyone as a "second- class" citizen.
Apr 18, 2017 Robin Peterson
Apr 17, 2017 KAREN WASSING
Apr 16, 2017 Walter Jones I am a 20 year Marine, during my time I served with many wonderful women and they need the best care possible. Ignoring women's needs is wrong.
Apr 16, 2017 Carol Kieda
Apr 16, 2017 brenda hall
Apr 15, 2017 sharon klakken
Apr 15, 2017 Francesca Colombo
Apr 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2017 Libby W.
Apr 13, 2017 Gordon Levy
Apr 12, 2017 Michelle Cary
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2017 Kim Taresco

back to top

Garden Friends Sport Sandals
Mystic Charm Sleeveless Tunic
Share this page and help fund more meals: