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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

 

Mother, daughter, sister, wife, partner ...Veteran.

Male and female pictured.  Which one is the Veteran?

Which one is the Veteran? Women make up 11 percent of Veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). VA expects the number of women who seek care at a VA health facility to double in the next five years.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

As the front lines of battle and rules of warfare have changed dramatically in the last 50 years, so has the face of the U.S. military. Women make up 14 percent of today’s active duty soldiers.  Women serve alongside men as fighter pilots, gunners, warship commanders and military police in locations around the world. Today’s women soldiers are tomorrow’s women Veterans.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently treats record numbers of women while preparing for a greater influx in the coming years. Women make up 11 percent of Veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). VA expects the number of women who seek care at a VA health facility to double in the next five years.

While women and men wear the same uniforms, salute the same flag and suffer similar battle wounds, the health care they require can be drastically different. The challenge for VA is to deliver care of comparable quality to both women and men while addressing the unique health care needs of each.

Comprehensive Care

VA’s goal is to ensure that every woman Veteran has access to a VA primary care provider who can meet all her needs, including gender-specific care, in the context of an ongoing patient-clinician relationship.  The Comprehensive Women Veterans Healthcare is to provide a variety of health care services needed by women Veterans.  The Comprehensive Women Veterans Healthcare provides a full array of services, including: 

  • primary care outpatient services for the treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions 
  • healthy living services including immunizations, smoking cessation assistance, weight management and stress management 
  • cancer screening 
  • gynecological services 
  • assistance with midlife and menopause issues 
  • osteoporosis screening and treatment 
  • family planning and birth control 
  • maternity care 
  • mental health services including readjustment counseling and treatment for military sexual trauma, depression or anxiety 
  • domestic violence services 
  • social work assistance including services to homeless Veterans 
  • substance abuse screening and referrals

Every VA facility has a full-time Women Veterans Program Manager who is available to help women Veterans be aware of the health services they need.  Truman VA’s Women Veterans Program Manager is Cindy Stivers, (573) 814-6457.  Be involved with your healthcare and contact your Primary Care Provider for additional health care needs.

Brought to you by the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program

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