Improve Health Care For Female Veterans

  • by: Care2
  • target: U.S. Senate
More than 155,000 women in America's armed services have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002. But as these distinguished women return home, they are finding a veterans health care system better equipped to deal with the needs of men. A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act of 2008 (S.2799) to provide for the unique needs of our female veterans. The legislation will authorize programs to improve care for Military Sexual Trauma (MST), increase research on the current barriers to care, and expand women veterans staff positions at the VA. Urge your Senator to give our women veterans the specialized care they deserve by supporting this bill!
Dear Senator,

I urge you to support the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act of 2008 (S.2799), a bipartisan legislation that will dramatically increase the care available to our women veterans. Veterans Administration officials estimate that the amount of female veterans who use the VA will double in the next five years, and the health care system must be able to meet their special needs.

More than 155,000 women have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002. It is essential to recognize that these women may have different physical, mental and reproductive health challenges than the men the VA is accustomed to treating.

This is especially the case for Military Sexual Trauma. Almost one-third of female veterans who sought health care from the VA said they experienced rape or attempted rape during their service. Of that group, 37 percent reported they were raped multiple times and 14 percent said they were gang-raped. Our VA health care system must be able to address the needs physical and mental health needs of our service women.

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We must ensure these women - and all our veterans - return home to a high quality health care system their service has earned and that they certainly deserve. Making the improvements outlined in the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act of 2008 is the least we can do for those to whom we owe much.
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