Women Veterans Health Care
Thank a Woman Veteran
On Veterans Day, November 11, VA honors the 2.1 million women Veterans who have served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms, during times of peace and war. VA is thankful to all the generations of women Veterans who have shaped our military and served our country.
America’s Women Veterans
There are an unprecedented number of women comprising the U.S. military and Veteran population. Women represent 16 percent of the U.S. military force—363,000 women serving as Active Duty and Reserve Members. Women currently comprise nearly 20 percent of new recruits. To date, 345,000 women have deployed since 9/11, representing more than 11 percent of deployed forces, contributing to both Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in Afghanistan and Iraq. Women make up nearly 11.6 percent of OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. Fifty-six percent of all women Veterans have served during the Gulf War Era (August 1990 to the present).
Today, women are the fastest growing Veteran group, accounting for 10 percent of the Veteran population, a number which is expected to increase at an average rate of about 18,000 women per year for the next 10 years.
Truly honoring women Veterans begins with a culture that equally recognizes their service to our country. According to Study of Barriers for Women Veterans to VA Health Care, a survey of women Veterans completed in 2015, women Veterans experience a greater sense of invisibility, disrespect, and gender gaps than their male counterparts. In fact, another survey released by The Mission Continues shows, only 37 percent of women feel “recognized, respected and valued as veterans in civilian life.” Unfortunately, regardless of the growing presence of women, our military and Veteran culture is perceived as one that that is unwelcoming to women and minimizing of their contributions to our military.
One of VA’s highest priorities is the health care of our women Veterans. VA's goal is to ensure that all women Veterans consistently receive the highest quality of care, safety, and respect from all VA health care facilities and providers.
VA Welcomes Women Veterans
Women Veterans receive the same Medical Benefits Package as men. Along with their enrollment in the VA health care system is the assurance that health and treatment services will be available when and where they need them.
VA provides full services to women Veterans, including comprehensive primary care, gynecology care, maternity care, specialty care, and mental health services.
Women Veterans Program Managers are available at every VA Medical Center nationwide to advise, advocate, and coordinate care for women. In addition, VA has Designated Women’s Health Primary Care Providers (WH-PCP) at every site where women access VA. WH-PCPs provide general primary care and gender specific primary care.
Women Veterans Call Center—1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)—Provides women Veterans, their families, and caregivers’ assistance with VA services and resources.
Check out VA’s Women’s Health Services Outreach Campaigns promoting culture change. Share on your social media, webpages, or blog!
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