Women Veterans Health Care
VA welcomes all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans to our facilities to receive care and is committed to providing high-quality, respectful care for LGBT Veterans and related identities, as well as their families.
LGBT Veterans are less likely to seek out routine health care, largely due to fear of discrimination. This can lead to long term health problems and higher rates of smoking, substance abuse, and suicide. VA believes in inclusiveness and is training staff to provide care to LGBT Veterans that is accepting and respectful. Every VA facility has an LGBT Veterans Care Coordinator (LGBT VCC) and Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM) to ensure an inclusive and safe environment.
By choosing VA for their health care, LGBT Veterans have access to a safe and non-discriminatory environment that takes their unique needs into account. Routine medical visits and an open line of communication with their provider can improve the health and lives of LGBT Veterans.
Veterans interested in learning more about VA’s personalized care can connect with their nearest LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator by looking online, emailing VALGBTProgram@va.gov or locating their nearest VA Medical Center and asking for the Women Veterans Program Manager.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – LGBT Health*
The Fenway Institute – The National LGBT Health Education Center*
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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