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National Women's Health Week

VANews, May 13, 2024

Women often are the linchpins of their families and communities. Women are caregivers, professionals, partners, parents, household managers and more. Often, they put others' needs before their own, sometimes neglecting their own health and wellbeing. Women Veterans may have additional unique health needs that may require special attention. That's where National Women's Health Week comes in. Falling on May 12-18 this year, this week is a reminder to women and women Veterans to make their health-both physical and mental-a priority.

Women Veterans: Suicide is preventable and support is available

VANews, May 6, 2024

Suicide has no single cause and no one approach can end it, but prevention is possible, especially when women Veterans find support before a crisis happens. Women Veterans may have unique experiences related to military service. Your health and wellbeing and exposure to trauma can increase the risk of suicide. Some Veterans also face medical and social issues that affect relationships and quality of life. VA is committed to offering a growing range of resources and a network of support for all women Veterans, including those who do not and may never seek care with VA.

How women Veterans can learn about VA health care services

VANews, May 5, 2024

Health care is an inevitable need for all. Women Veterans have unique physical, mental, and spiritual needs that can be met through VA health care. Health care decisions can be overwhelming, and women Veterans might ask themselves "Where do I start?" The following guide gives useful tips on how to be informed about VA health care as a woman Veteran.

It May Be Your Thyroid

VANews, May 3, 2024

Women Veterans: Have you experienced a significant shift in your weight, mood, energy, temperature tolerance, periods or skin and hair? It may be your thyroid. About 60% of people with a thyroid condition are unaware but it's a common issue among women.

Black maternal health matters at VA

VANews, April 11, 2024

Black women make up more than 30 percent of all women Veterans receiving health care at VA. This Black Maternal Health Week, we aim to raise awareness about the unique challenges and disparities faced by Black mothers in the realm of maternal health care and promote equitable and accessible health care.

Are you struggling with unhealthy eating patterns?

VANews, April 2, 2024

Eating disorders affect many Veterans, but as a woman Veteran you may be at an increased risk. From unpredictable eating schedules and meals eaten quickly to trauma and the pressure to “make weight,” your previous military experience might affect your relationship with food today.

Women Veterans: Trouble sleeping?

VANews, March 6, 2024

Women Veterans: Are having trouble sleeping? You're not alone. Half of women Veterans experience sleep issues, but treatment is available. As women, we unfortunately experience sleep issues more often and differently than men due to hormonal changes unique to us, like premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), pregnancy or menopause. As a Veteran, you may experience mental health conditions that can also have a significant impact on your sleep.

Women's History Month: Honoring Native American Women Veterans

VANews, March 1, 2024

During Women's History Month 2024, VA Office of Women's Health is honoring Native American women Veterans. VA recognizes the impact your advocacy, contributions, and sacrifice have made on our military history. Native American women Veterans have had an exemplary tradition of military service for over 200 years, overcoming adversity and serving at a higher rate compared to any other demographic, demonstrating your dedication to our country and everlasting commitment to service. Today, women make up ~11.3% of the Native American Veteran population (about 20,000), which is a higher percentage than women in all other demographics.

Women Veterans, VA may surprise you

VANews, January 15, 2024

Women Veterans, you may be surprised to learn about all VA has to offer. If you haven't checked out VA in a while, things have changed. We recognize each of you are unique and your health care needs are not "one-size-fits-all". That's why VA continues to expand its services, so we can provide you with the best care possible to better fit your needs.

Safe settings and trusted care for women Veterans

VANews, January 3, 2024

You belong at VA, where you have options for how you receive your care. VA understands that traumatic experiences may affect the lives and health of many women Veterans before, during and after military service. You have access to trauma-informed care at VA. Our health care staff are specifically trained to help you feel comfortable and safe at every appointment, in each exam room and across all VA medical facilities.


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The Women Veterans Call Center is your guide to women's health

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:

  • Provide you with information on enrolling in VA health care if you have not already
  • Provide you with information on setting up a medical appointment in your area
  • Provide you with information about your eligibility (including questions about disability ratings) and other VA benefits like employment, education, and home loans
  • Connect you with your local VA Medical Center or local women's health contact who can assist in coordinating all the services you need

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.

The Women Veterans Call Center is your guide to VA. The Women Veterans Call Center is your guide to VA.
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