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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

 

VA health care for Women Veterans

Two soldiers with a female soldier in foreground.

Truman VA is proud to partner and provide services to Women Veterans. Learn about services available and ask about eligibility.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

When you visit a VA medical center, you will notice there are far more men than Women Veterans enrolled in the VA system. For this reason, many Women Veterans are not aware of resources offered just for them. Truman VA is proud to partner and provide services to Women Veterans.  Learn about services available and ask about eligibility.

  • General care: includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, e.g., cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
  • Mental health: includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST): Women—and men as well—may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST.
  • Management and screening of chronic conditions: includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. 
  • Reproductive health care: includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care: VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.

If you are a female Veteran or know a female Veteran, consider enrolling for VA health care.  For more information about services available to Women Veterans, contact Cindy Stivers, Women Veterans Program Manager, at (573) 814-6457.

Be involved with your health care 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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