Women Veterans, if you are receiving health care in a non-VA facility, it is important to let your provider know about your military service and how that can impact your health care needs.
Let your non-VA health care teams know about this free, one-hour, accredited training course they may take to learn ways to provide women Veterans with the best care possible.
More than 2 million women Veterans live in the United States today (about the equivalent of the population of Nebraska). And every one of you deserve the best health care possible, whether at a VA facility or in a local community. Approximately 78 percent of women Veterans get some part of their health care outside of VA at academic centers and community practices.
Women Veterans have unique life experiences that may require different medical assessments, care, and resources. For example, issues such as musculoskeletal pain, military sexual trauma, and post-deployment adjustment can differently impact women Veterans.
Use this link to the training module
Non-VA health care clinicians may not be aware of specific areas of concern to consider when caring for women Veterans. To address this need, VA’s Office of Women’s Health has created a training module: “Caring for Women Veterans,” which trains non-VA clinicians to provide Veteran and gender-specific care. This training is free and can be taken online any time.
If you visit non-VA medical clinics, or know non-VA health care providers, we ask that you take this flyer to them during your next visit: https://womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH/docs/Flyer-826.pdf.
If you have friends or acquaintances who work in the medical field, we ask you share this with them.
Community clinicians who take this course will:
- Be informed about the evolving role, increasing number, and diversity of women in military service.
- Identify how to discuss someone’s military history and understand the implications of how a woman Veteran’s service might affect her current or future health.
- Identify strategies for integrating patient-centered, sensitive care into the breast and pelvic exam for someone who has experienced trauma.
- Obtain additional resources and benefits that may be available to you as a women Veteran through VA, including maternity care benefits.
Dr. Christine Kolehmainen, director for education, Office of Women’s Health, says “Thank you for being an active part of the care you receive.”
To learn more about VA health care services for women Veterans, visit https://womenshealth.va.gov/.
You can also call or text the Women Veterans Call Center at 1-855-829-6636 (1-855-VA WOMEN).