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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


Nov 15, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Nov 15, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 11, 2017 Judy McKinney
Nov 10, 2017 Dianna Hughes
Nov 10, 2017 Vianney Ventura
Nov 6, 2017 Joy Lee
Nov 3, 2017 Angela Jenkins
Oct 30, 2017 Christine McNulty
Oct 30, 2017 Sara Garcia
Oct 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2017 Debra Waybright
Oct 25, 2017 Arnold Cabral I'm a Marine call your Representative and your Senators contract the Veteran Affairs Committee passed a New Veteran Disabled Benefit who is collected 100 percent service connected definitely need to have G4implants get the G4implants for free.
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 21, 2017 Lilly Lopez
Oct 20, 2017 Noreen Allison I am woman Marine I served during Vietnam I have been continually turned down for any help from VA. Im not in the system they say!. Please correct the injustice!!
Oct 16, 2017 lillian cabral
Oct 15, 2017 Natalie Alexander
Oct 15, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 15, 2017 Yvonne m Gilbert
Oct 14, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Pamela Ierubino
Oct 10, 2017 Wayne Swiers Women veterans have earned this right.
Oct 7, 2017 Virginia Lippert They served now it is time for them
Oct 2, 2017 Anna Krohn
Sep 30, 2017 Doris Barnett Women in the service have a long, proud history, and need to be recognized in all the same ways their male counterparts are. Women need full access to social, medical, and financial assistance! Please help right this injustice.
Sep 30, 2017 Margaret King I am a female veteran.
Sep 27, 2017 Lisa OKeefe I am a female Navy Vet and my daughter is also. Please help all veterans.
Sep 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) they are veterans , you let them enlist , so you must give them equal treatment all around including MEDICAL
Sep 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Do the job the VA hospitals are meant to do-care for our troops-ALL of our troops.
Sep 24, 2017 Amelia Wilson It is way past time for equal rights for veterans
Sep 24, 2017 Shirley Stafford
Sep 23, 2017 Cynthia Boyd women deserve to have staff trained in women's health needs
Sep 23, 2017 Mike Guinane
Sep 23, 2017 Debra Douglas This is a responsibility and duty to our women service members. Please, do not shirk your duty.
Sep 22, 2017 Dianne Brekhus
Sep 22, 2017 Carol Kelling
Sep 21, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2017 karen alesio
Sep 14, 2017 Carrie Bolin
Sep 11, 2017 Kristi L. Meccia
Sep 6, 2017 lauri hartman and justice for all
Sep 6, 2017 Dana Sharbrough
Sep 6, 2017 Victoria Johnson
Sep 6, 2017 Susan Whitsell
Sep 6, 2017 cathy davis
Sep 6, 2017 Rhonda Maness
Sep 6, 2017 Cheri Jones We MUST take care of women Veterans!

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