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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

Mar 27, 2017 Jerry Gilmore Make sure that women veterans get the proper care they deserve and need.
Mar 27, 2017 christine bramlett-hawes
Mar 27, 2017 Carolyn Turner
Mar 27, 2017 Cheryl Bailey Please don't forget the woman in the military
Mar 27, 2017 Michaelene Brkich I hope you will take this problem SERIOUSLY, Secretary McDonald. In this day and age there is NO excuse for not taking better care of our Women Veterans. Thank you for reading and a Prayer that you will do the RIGHT THING. mb.
Mar 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am so proud to be a Veteran of my USA!❤
Mar 27, 2017 Anne-Pascale Kestemont
Mar 26, 2017 Bonnie Luttropp Veterans before illegals w/ illegals not at all
Mar 24, 2017 Dorothy Milligan
Mar 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 16, 2017 Stephanie Patterson
Mar 13, 2017 lance bowling
Mar 13, 2017 Farrah Sutton All veterans deserve the best healthcare possible!
Mar 13, 2017 SHERRY Lada I hope no matter where women are stationed they get the care they deserve.
Mar 12, 2017 Sue Sweeney The VA is horribly behind times and understaffed due to politicians who want to live free but don't want to reduce their gluttony to help the Vets who made & keep this country free - All veterans should be allowed the best of care the USA can offer
Mar 11, 2017 Noémie Kunkler
Mar 11, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 11, 2017 Patricia L. Ferich
Mar 10, 2017 Charles Aldridge
Mar 10, 2017 Norma Olvera
Mar 9, 2017 Loraine Lindsey
Mar 9, 2017 Carolyn Edwards-Johnson
Mar 9, 2017 Anna Marie Torres Please support our women veterans. We need to take care of them as well as all our vets.
Mar 9, 2017 Karen Harper I am a veteran and this is much needed in Asheville NC as well.
Mar 9, 2017 serena joyce
Mar 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2017 JoAnn Lynch A proud American, requesting the government of the people find right and just care for all our service members both female and male.
Mar 8, 2017 Kellie Schmaus Take care of vets and keep promises to them they have sacrificed so much and I a vet that knows first hand
Mar 8, 2017 CHRISTINA MESSINA I am a Veteran and yes more female related issues on medical care for . female vets need to be addressed.
Mar 8, 2017 Marjorie Vaughn Our Veterans deserve the best medical care.
Mar 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 8, 2017 Julie M Pollock We need to support ALL of our veterans!
Mar 8, 2017 Liege Motta
Mar 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 8, 2017 Christine Gerber As a country finally addressing the VA issues, be sure the women have a voice and specialized care. Thank you.
Mar 8, 2017 Bambi Magie
Mar 8, 2017 Sonia Hagenberger It takes too long to get appointments with female providers. You don't assign a male provider to female Veterans with PTSD due to SEXUAL ASSAULTS!
Mar 8, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Mar 8, 2017 Jenny Curtis
Mar 8, 2017 Dianna Blumrick Take of our veterans women. They deserve good care.
Mar 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please hear our voices!
Mar 8, 2017 Mary O'Geary
Mar 8, 2017 Liliane Farb
Mar 8, 2017 Georgie ALFANO Please start taking care of our Women Warriors the way that we need to be cared for....We earned that right too....
Mar 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Same old story serve then the Hell with you.
Mar 8, 2017 Carol Burghardt
Mar 8, 2017 Barbara Mintz
Mar 8, 2017 Ivelisse Viruet

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