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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


VA Health Care and Women Veterans: A Growing Relationship

Lindsay Hawkes, Peer Support Specialist at Truman VA.

Lindsay Hawkes receives her care at Truman VA

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

When Lindsay Hawkes first started receiving care at Truman VA, she remembers having to wait a “really long time” to be seen. That was 11 years ago. Today she says wait times and access have significantly improved. Lindsay is married with three children.  She received prenatal care through VA with all three children and says that she is grateful.  Lindsay has joined Truman VA’s staff and serves as a peer support specialist in Behavioral Health. 
Lindsay served in the U.S. Navy from 1998 to 2002 working as an aviation ground support equipment technician. While on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, she worked on and off the deck with heavy equipment. Lindsay was also part of the crew when they broke several flight records right after 9/11. She spent almost seven months at sea. 
About 4 years ago, Lindsay started seeking mental health counseling. “At first, I was pretty resistant to the idea,” Lindsay said.  But, after a short time, she was happy she did and states that it has “really helped her.”  As a Peer Support Specialist, Lindsay’s job involves helping other Veterans with their recovery with mental illness or addiction.  Her oldest son Jesse is proud that she is helping other Veterans.

Learn more about health care for Women Veterans. 

For information on Peer Support, contact one of Truman VA’s Peer Support Specialists:

  • Lindsay Hawkes: (573) 814-6000, extension 53477
  • Jason Howe: (573) 814-6000, extension 53443
  • Christopher Longdon: (573) 814-6000, extension 53441

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