Women Are Veterans Too: You Served and Deserve the Best Care Anywhere

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Oct 27, 2015

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Women are Veterans too! A fervent adage held by women who have fought alongside their male counterparts in the U.S. Military ever since the Revolutionary War. Although women have been serving their country for decades, they have not always received the recognition, benefits, and care entitled to them or even self-identify as a "Veteran." At VA we aim to change this!

Currently there are 1.8 million women Veterans (WV); the fastest growing segment of the Veteran population. Today women make up 15% of active duty military and 18% of guard and reserve forces. In Utah, there are over 13,000 WV with more coming home every day.

VA'sWomen Veterans Health Care provides WV with a full range of services necessary for healthy aging. From disease screening and prevention, to home health care, access to specialty clinics, Veterans nursing homes, geriatric care and support with end-of-life decisions.

The VA Salt Lake City Women Veterans Program is committed to meeting the unique needs of WV by delivering the highest quality health care to each woman, while offering her the privacy, dignity and sensitivity to gender-specific needs that she deserves. One example of this quality of care is the Women's Clinic; a comprehensive primary care clinic which provides treatment for heart disease, high blood pressure, colon and breast cancer, nutrition and fitness information, safe driving evaluations, help with osteoporosis, menopause management and specialty GYN and pharmacy services. In addition, we offer groups, activities, events and retreats specifically for WV.

Do you live in a rural area? We can take care of you at one of our Community based outpatient clinics or through women's telehealth; speak face-to-face over a computer monitor with a women's health provider or pharmacist. In addition, use My HealtheVet to view your medical record, refill prescriptions, make appointments or email your provider.

Additionally, on April 23, 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched its new Women Veterans hotline1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)an incoming call center that receives and responds to questions from women Veterans, their families, and caregivers across the nation about available VA services and resources.

Remember VA knows women Veterans!

Editors Note: This article was submitted by Gina Painter, LCSW, Women Veterans Program Manager at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She may be reached at 801 582-1565 x5423 or by email at gina.painter@va.gov. For more information visit the website athttp://www.saltlakecity.va.gov/services_women_veterans.asp

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