In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, VA Medical Centers across the country will host events to support women Veterans and connect them with VA’s health care services.
“VA is serving over 750,000 women Veterans and we want to take care of even more,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Events like these get them through the doors so they meet VA health providers and learn firsthand about the comprehensive services and quality care VA provides to women who have served.”
Women are among the fastest growing Veteran demographics, accounting for more than 30% of the increase in Veterans who served between 2014 and 2018. The number of women using VA health services has tripled since 2000, growing from a about 160,000 to over 500,000 today. VA offers a wide range of primary care and specialty services for women Veterans, such as health screenings, preconception counseling, maternity care, mental health treatment, and more.
VA Medical Centers with dedicated women’s health clinics will celebrate National Women’s Health Week by hosting either an open house or outreach events. Veterans attending these events will have the opportunity to speak with health providers about the broad range of services offered at their medical centers and hear from experts on topics such as maternity care and child safe homes. Tours of the clinics and educational materials will be available.
VA encourages women Veterans not currently using VA health care services to enroll and use the benefits they have earned.
Call the Women Veteran Call Center for information at 1-855-VA-Women (1-855-829-6636) or visit womenshealth.va.gov.
About the author: This article was submitted by VA’s Women’s Health Services Office. Created in 1988, the Women Veterans Health Program was created to streamline services for women Veterans to provide more cost-effective medical and psychosocial care.