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Goal: 35,000 Progress: 16,959
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 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
Jan 22, 2017 Kirsten Schelbert
Jan 21, 2017 Shirley Eichelberger
Jan 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2017 Amanda Barnes
Jan 21, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
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Jan 19, 2017 Pamela Sanseri
Jan 19, 2017 Debra Gray
Jan 19, 2017 Fran Walker
Jan 19, 2017 Christina Ponder
Jan 19, 2017 Karen Roth Women Vets need our help too as they have served our Country just as the men did.
Jan 19, 2017 Patricia Wirth-Nugent
Jan 19, 2017 Jacob Yoss
Jan 19, 2017 Debbie Lamm
Jan 19, 2017 Joanne Barrett
Jan 19, 2017 Lindy Metz
Jan 19, 2017 Jean Semrau
Jan 19, 2017 Rene Ries
Jan 19, 2017 C Wittneben
Jan 19, 2017 Patricia Masalski Our soldiers should be treated equally. Doctors for women in service have their own concerns. Lets get the money needed to help our women soldiers. I appreciate what both sexes are doing to keep America safe, but, when they come home and need medical h
Jan 19, 2017 Susan Davis
Jan 19, 2017 MP Hillman
Jan 19, 2017 Ellen Ribolla
Jan 19, 2017 patty romero
Jan 19, 2017 Sharon Brindley
Jan 19, 2017 Wendy Cohoe
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Jan 19, 2017 Ann Dallwitz
Jan 19, 2017 Kathy Magne
Jan 19, 2017 Terry Burton
Jan 19, 2017 Gervaise Smelser-Soeurouge We must take care of the women too!
Jan 19, 2017 Joyce StClair Our men and women have served faithfully and should be treated equally. When they need assistance it should be provided, specific to their needs. If it is not provided you are failing in your duty to them.
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) So typical of our male-dominated government. And I suppose it will get worse rather than better.
Jan 19, 2017 Carol Pacelli
Jan 19, 2017 Joan Borstell
Jan 19, 2017 Connie Kirkham Enact NESARA now!
Jan 19, 2017 doris gonen
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) Ladies lives Matter too!
Jan 19, 2017 Deanna Allen
Jan 19, 2017 Kathryn Tarpey
Jan 19, 2017 Jennifer Beaulieu
Jan 19, 2017 Lee Jenkinson
Jan 19, 2017 J Kooken
Jan 19, 2017 Nancy Kimble
Jan 19, 2017 Esmè Evans
Jan 19, 2017 ed labrie

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