Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
May 2016 Spotlight on Women's Health
Meet Sharon Grant, a Women’s Army Corps (WAC) Veteran. Sharon joined the WAC in 1969 to expand her career choice as a dental assistant. She was then trained as a dental hygienist and embraced the challenges that the military brought to her. Initially, the WAC was the women’s branch of the United States Army, but was disbanded in 1978. After 1978, all WAC soldiers were integrated into male units including Sharon. She had transferred into the Regular Army and was deployed to Vietnam in 1972. “The military gave me a unique experience. I felt safe away from home, because I had a new extended military family.” After completing six years in the military, Sharon was discharged honorably and used her GI Bill to go back to school.
In 2002, about 27 years after her discharge, Sharon started getting care from Truman VA. “I love coming to this VA for all my health care needs.” Sharon uses several services including primary care, specialty care, mental health, and new specialties such as acupuncture. “I feel important as a patient and as a Veteran when I come here. They know my name and my story.”
May is National Women's Health Month, a month to encourage women to take simple steps for living longer, healthier and happier lives. “It is important for our women Veterans to take an active role in improving their health,” said Cindy Stivers, Truman VA’s Women Veterans Program Manager. “One way to do this is by getting regular medical exams and screening tests.”
Truman VA is committed to honoring and caring for women Veterans and encourages all women Veterans to contact their primary care provider at 573-814-6000, or visit http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/ for more information on Women’s Health Care.