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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 14, 2018 Angel Hart
Aug 14, 2018 Diane Peak
Aug 14, 2018 Naoma Hess
Aug 14, 2018 salena petersen-keesecker
Aug 14, 2018 Barbara Schneider
Aug 14, 2018 Diann Read As a female veteran myself, this is an important issue to me.
Aug 14, 2018 Veronica Coty Our vets deserve better. Please pay attention to this important issue. Thank you.
Aug 14, 2018 Anne Commerton First off I would like to say that I am a female veteran and I do use the VA solely for my medical care. VA Cincinnati does a great job and I am very happy with their service. They do not however currently have a gynecologist in their female clinic.
Aug 14, 2018 Debby Sprechman
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Rosemary McCourt
Aug 14, 2018 Gitte Bjerrisgaard This is 2018! Female veterans deserve the same care and safety as the male veterans. That's obvious!?
Aug 14, 2018 b plethora
Aug 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) I am a female veteran too. Luckily, I am able to get the medical care I need outside of the VA system. Do not forget women veterans.
Aug 7, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Aug 7, 2018 Casey Phillips
Aug 7, 2018 Ellen Wigley
Aug 7, 2018 William Murray Back in the 70's my wife spent seven and a half years in the Air Force (where I met her) and came out as a disabled vet.She now use the VA medical facilities.
Aug 2, 2018 Catherine Burrows Mental health need more caring doctors
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts
Aug 1, 2018 Becca Kay
Jul 28, 2018 Lisa Hayes
Jul 27, 2018 Kathy Clark
Jul 24, 2018 marita hanse
Jul 15, 2018 Susan Hildreth
Jul 15, 2018 Annie Albini
Jul 15, 2018 Liz Eviston
Jul 15, 2018 Lynne Lerner
Jul 15, 2018 James C Polhemus
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 Rae Nessbert
Jul 15, 2018 Krissttina Isobe Can you help our Veterans who fought for us? Thanks.
Jul 15, 2018 Sandy Lagasse All Veterans how serve should be treated equally.
Jul 15, 2018 Eugenia Mixon
Jul 15, 2018 Katha Conrad-Barker
Jul 15, 2018 Richard Pontious
Jul 15, 2018 Peggy Koch
Jul 15, 2018 MB Summers Women veterans needs help also. Many of them have mental illness problems and physical issues that must be taken care of.
Jul 15, 2018 Bob Kluger
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Veterans deserve good medical care. That is the least we can do for them after their sacrifices. Women's medical care is different than men's.Doctors & nurses need specific training in women's problems or they'll provide poor care.Fix this serious problem
Jul 15, 2018 Carl Clark
Jul 15, 2018 Frances Peterson This country's come a long way regarding its expectations from women in the military. . . let's get the VA caught up with the times, please.
Jul 15, 2018 Dallas Johnson they fought and threy deserve the proper medical care as us males get. PLEASE treat them with the respect they earned and deserve!
Jul 15, 2018 Thora Goudeau-Cox
Jul 15, 2018 Alice black
Jul 15, 2018 Diane Puso If women serve their country the same as men they are entitled to services that meet their needs.
Jul 15, 2018 Jackie Powell
Jul 15, 2018 karin haberthuer
Jul 15, 2018 Juergen Teuschl

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