About Women's Health - Women Veterans Health Care
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About Women's Health

Women are the fastest growing group in the Veteran population. Over the past two decades, our resources, services, and culture have transformed to meet your unique health care needs.

Your Women's Health team is here for you every step of the way. During your visit to VA, you may see any of these providers:

  • Women's Health Primary Care Providers (WH-PCP) to deliver primary care, women-specific health care and referrals for specialty services
  • Women Veterans Program Managers to help you access benefits and health care services
  • Women's Health Medical Directors to serve as clinical leaders for women's health at your facility. Find a facility near you.

Find out if you're eligible for VA health care and download our welcome kit to help you get enrolled.

To learn more about women's health services and resources and how to access them, you can:

If you have questions or can't find what you're looking for, you can call, text, or chat online with the Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) at 855-829-6636 to get help and find available resources and services in your area. Trained women representatives can also help you with issues such as:

  • Enrolling in VA health care if you have not already
  • Setting up a medical appointment in your area
  • Answering questions about eligibility (including questions about disability ratings) and other VA benefits like employment, education, and home loans

WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.

Listen and subscribe to our She Wears the Boots podcast for an in-depth look at important health topics and related services.

Take our Women's Health Transition Training to learn more about available women's health care services and how to access them.

Leadership, Women's Health

Patricia Hayes, Ph.D.
Chief Officer
Office of Women's Health

Sally Haskell, M.D, MS
Deputy Chief Officer for Clinical Operations
Director of Comprehensive Women's Health Office of Women's Health

Where can I find more information on women Veterans?

Our Mission

Women Veterans Health Care seeks to provide high quality, gender-specific health care in a safe and sensitive environment at VA health facilities nationwide. We also strive to be a national leader in women's health care, raising the standard of care for all women.

In 2000, women comprised only 4% of the Veteran population. By 2040, women will be 18% of the Veteran population. Women are also the fastest growing group of Veterans using VA services. The number of women Veterans using VHA services has tripled since 2001, growing from 159,810 to over 550,000 today. In fact, women make up 30% of all new Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patients.

Women Veterans adapt well to changes and can overcome challenges. However, they are at-risk for some types of illness due to their military service, such as musculoskeletal issues, chronic pain, PTSD, and military sexual trauma. To address these needs, in 1988 VA created Women's Health to focus on gender-specific care offered in a safe environment. Today the Office of Women's Health oversees policy and operations for women Veteran's health care nationally and focuses on all aspects of women's health care, including comprehensive health, reproductive health, and education.