We know there are more than 1.8 million women Veterans in the United States. Did you know VA offers high quality women’s health care? My office is working hard to get the word out and we have developed a public service announcement (PSA) to let you know VA is the right place for you.
The PSA encourages viewers to rethink their assumption that Veterans are male and reminds them that women Veterans are coming home, separating from service, or returning to Guard or Reserve status. Most importantly, it sends a clear message that VA is ready to serve you.
Delivering this message is one of the most critical aspects of our ongoing initiative to improve VA access and services for women. I was reminded of that at the 15th anniversary celebration of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA) on October 20th. I talked with some of the hundreds of proud women service members and Veterans who gathered at the foot of Arlington National Cemetery. They asked me whether VA is going to be there for them and that just reinforces our need to get the word out about how to access VA care.
Our multi-faceted initiative has made great progress improving services for women by implementing comprehensive primary care, training and educating VA providers in women’s health, directing research on the effects of military service on women’s lives and spearheading a campaign to change the culture of VA to be more accepting of women Veterans. All things that make VA the right place for you. We are here for you and we are working hard to give you the highest quality care.
Dr. Patricia Hayes is the Chief Consultant for Women Veterans Health at VA.