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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


Aug 20, 2017 Rhonda Carr
Aug 19, 2017 Raleigh koritz
Aug 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 19, 2017 Sandra Woodall
Aug 19, 2017 Sheila Desmond
Aug 19, 2017 Denise Denton
Aug 19, 2017 Miriam Amari
Aug 19, 2017 Christine PIMONT
Aug 19, 2017 Freya Harris Women hold up half the sky.
Aug 19, 2017 Fran Fulwiler
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Ware
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Ann Sanchez
Aug 18, 2017 Peggy Binnion
Aug 18, 2017 Georgette Curbelo
Aug 18, 2017 David Glenn
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please help enact whatever laws which may be needed to promptly address the inequality of medical assistance for female veterans and provide funding to ensure they will be treated promptly.,
Aug 18, 2017 Liz Smeloff
Aug 18, 2017 Sheila Ward Please please help.
Aug 18, 2017 D. MOREU They ARE VETERANS - their gender doesn't matter. Give them the help that they need.
Aug 18, 2017 Jennifer Beaulieu
Aug 18, 2017 Betty Thomas
Aug 18, 2017 Barbara Vieira
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Dolores Capwell Our needs r never addressed. We need help, " Please help us".
Aug 18, 2017 Sam Monaco
Aug 18, 2017 Paula Keenum
Aug 18, 2017 lisa seeney
Aug 18, 2017 Jerilynn Gordon Gender based needs are Needs by both genders .
Aug 18, 2017 JACOB Hostetler Women are Veteran, no more, no less, than any male Veteran.
Aug 18, 2017 Lisa Shantz
Aug 18, 2017 Deborah Caleb
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) WOMEN DESERVE THE SAME BENEFITS AS MEN
Aug 18, 2017 Lone Fundby
Aug 18, 2017 Mike Garrett
Aug 18, 2017 charles Smith
Aug 18, 2017 Maggie Stewart
Aug 18, 2017 Ronald Rutzky
Aug 18, 2017 Patricia Foil
Aug 18, 2017 Patricia Grimes
Aug 18, 2017 Elaine Dunn
Aug 18, 2017 Gloria Tripp
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Karen Blasius As usual, women veterans don't rate the same consideration or healthcare as male veterans. This has to be corrected right now.
Aug 18, 2017 diane rich
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 foteini horbou
Aug 18, 2017 Deborah Babcock As a female veteran myself, I feel strongly about the care that female vets are entitled to but many times don't recieve.
Aug 18, 2017 Jacquie Mclellan
Aug 18, 2017 Jeffory Newkirk Everyone that serves this country through our military deserves the care that they may need as a result of their service.

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