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Women Veterans Make History

Women Veterans History Month

Throughout our history, the important contributions of women in our nation’s defense and as part of the Veteran population cannot be overstated. VA dedicates Women’s History Month in March to remember women who served our nation throughout history.  This observance grants deserved recognition and acknowledges the achievements women in the military service.

For generations, women Veterans have honorably served in the military.

Women have served in America’s wars and conflicts throughout our history. Although women were not formally under military command until the early 20th century, they have served in various capacities, beginning with the Revolutionary War.  Thereafter, more than 400 women fought in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.

During World War I, about 35,000 women officially served as nurses and support staff. In World War II, 140,000 women served in the U.S. Army and the Women's Army Corps performing critical jobs such as military intelligence, cryptography, and parachute rigging.  Over 1,000 women flew aircraft for the Women's Airforce Service Pilots.

In 1948, Congress passed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act granting women permanent status in the military, entitling them to Veterans’ benefits.

During the Vietnam War, 7,000 American military women served in Southeast Asia. In 1976, the first women were admitted to America’s service academies, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. During the Persian Gulf War in 1991, more than 41,000 women are deployed to the combat zone.

In 1990, some 40,000 American military women were deployed during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Today, over 700,000 women have served post-9/11, including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Women Veterans are Trailblazers

Women Veterans continue to break barriers today modeling national service for generations to follow. Women use the skills and experiences from their military service to make achievements in their careers, contributions to their communities, and to become public service leaders. VA is committed to recognizing and honoring these achievements and providing women Veterans with the benefits and services they earned and deserve.

Women's History Month

For Women Veterans, VA is here.

VA’s approach to care is unique for women Veterans. Women Veterans are assigned to a designated Women’s Health Primary Care Provider who can provide general primary care and is specially trained or experienced in women’s care.

Comprehensive health services are available to women Veterans, including primary care, specialty care, mental health care, and reproductive health care services. VA provides everything from mammography and breast and cervical cancer screening to military sexual trauma care and counseling.  VA offers maternity care coordination and maternity and newborn services.  Telehealth Services such as tele-gynecology, tele-mental health, tele-wellness are also available.

Each VA Medical Center has a designated Women Veterans Program Manager to advise and advocate for women Veterans. She helps coordinate all the services women may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health.  Women Veterans interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center and ask to speak with a Women Veterans Program Manager.

Resources available to Women Veterans

Women Veterans Call Center: The Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) staff is trained to connect women Veterans, their families, and caregivers with VA services and resources, including questions about Veteran status, Veteran ID cards, and benefits.

My HealtheVet: Veterans can manage their health care online and schedule appointments, refill prescriptions, view their health records, and send Secure Messages to their team using My HealtheVet.

Health Apps on VA App store, such as:

  • Caring4WomenVeterans
  • Preconception Care
  • Mindfulness Coach

Other Resources:

Center for Women Veterans
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 Women Veterans Make History 2018

Respect, Reflect, Recognize
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Dimensions: 8.5 x11 (PDF)
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Women's History Month 2018
 

 


Women Veterans Make History 2017

Respect, Reflect, Recognize
Dimensions: 11x17" (2.2 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 8.5 x11" (1.5 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 1280x720 (0.23 MB, JPG)

Women's History Month 2017
 

Women Veterans Make History 2016

Women Veterans Make History: Recognizing the Generations of Women in Service.
Dimensions: 11x17" (2.2 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 8.5 x11" (1.5 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 1280x720 (0.23 MB, JPG)

 

Women's History Month 2016
 

Women Veterans Make History 2015


Women Veterans Make History: A
(3.2 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11x17"
Dimensions: 8.5 x11"
Dimensions: 16:9"

 

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Women Veterans Make History: A1
(2.7 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11x17"
Dimensions: 8.5 x11"

 


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Women Veterans Make History 2014


Women Veterans Make History Poster: A
(2 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11x17"
Dimensions: 8.5 x11"
Dimensions: 16:9"

 

Thumbnail of Outreach Poster: Women Veterans Make History.
Women Veterans Make History Poster: B
(2.6 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11x17"
Dimensions: 8.5 x11"
Dimensions: 16:9"

 

Thumbnail of Outreach Poster: She's a Veteran. Today and every day.

 

Women Veterans Make History Poster: C
(516 KB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11x17"
Dimensions: 8.5 x11"
Dimensions: 16:9"

 

Thumbnail of Outreach Poster I: Women Veterans, Make Your Own History

 

Women Veterans Make History Poster: D
(595 KB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11x17"
Dimensions: 8.5 x11"
Dimensions: 16:9"

 

Thumbnail of Outreach Poster II: Women Veterans, Make Your Own History

 

Women Veterans Make History Poster: E
(516 KB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11x17"
Dimensions: 8.5 x11"
Dimensions: 16:9"

 

Thumbnail of Outreach Poster I: Women Veterans, Make Your Own History

 

Women Veterans Make History
(2 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11x17"

 

Thumbnail of Outreach Poster: Women Veterans Make History.

 

She's a Vet, today and every day
(2.6 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11x17"

 

Thumbnail of Outreach Poster: She's a Veteran. Today and every day.

 

Make Your Own History I
(516 KB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11x17"

 

Thumbnail of Outreach Poster I: Women Veterans, Make Your Own History

 

Make Your Own History II
(595 KB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11x17"

 

Thumbnail of Outreach Poster II: Women Veterans, Make Your Own History

Across Time

Thumbnail of Women's History Poster Across Time: She served so that we could live free. Salute Women's History Month.
(3.1 MB, PDF)
Number: 10-374
Dimensions: 11" x 17"

 

Today

Thumbnail of Women's History Poster Today: She served so that we could live free. Salute Women's History Month.
(749.2 KB, PDF)
Number: 10-372
Dimensions: 11" x 17"

 

1991

Thumbnail of Women's History Poster Desert Storm: She served so that we could live free. Salute Women's History Month
(952.8 KB, PDF)
Number: 10-370
Dimensions: 11" x 17"

 

1971

Thumbnail of Women's History Poster Vietnam: She served so that we could live free. Salute Women's History Month
(415.1 KB, PDF)
Number: 10-368
Dimensions: 11" x 17"

 

1967

Thumbnail of Women's History Poster 1967: She served so that we could live free. Salute Women's History Month.
(835.6 KB, PDF)
Number: 10-366
Dimensions: 11" x 17"

 

1944

Thumbnail of Women's History Poster World War II: She served so that we could live free. Salute Women's History Month.
(1 MB, PDF)
Number: 10-364
Dimensions: 11" x 17"

 

1917

Thumbnail of Women's History Poster World War I: She served so that we could live free. Salute Women's History Month
(411.2 KB, PDF)
Number: 10-362
Dimensions: 11" x 17"

 

Smaller versions of these posters are available on the VHA Forms and Publications Web site. Women Veterans Health Care has also created a series of women's health outreach campaigns and other tools and resources for women Veterans.

About Women Veterans

Women are now the fastest-growing subgroup of U.S. Veterans. The number of women Veterans is expected to increase dramatically in the next 10 years, and VA health care services are in high demand by the women Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Department of Veterans Affairs understands the health care needs of women Veterans and is committed to meeting these needs. Women Veterans served and they deserve the best quality care. Learn more about VA health care services for women Veterans.

 

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