Respect - Women Veterans Health Care
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"The defense of our nation is a shared responsibility. Women have served in the defense of this land for years before our United States was born. They have contributed their talents, skills and courage to this endeavor for more than two centuries with an astounding record of achievement that stretches from Lexington and Concord to the Persian Gulf and beyond." Retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, Chief of Staff of the Army, 1991-1995

VA strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for our women Veterans. For generations, women have answered the call to serve in the U.S. military with courage, loyalty and pride. Women served in combat, disguised as men during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and many women also served in critical roles as nurses and spies. Today, women serve as pilots, commanders, doctors, munitions specialists and more, and continue to make vital contributions to our country.

Yet, too often that service has gone unrecognized. Throughout history, America’s women Veterans have been marginalized, harassed and perceived as invisible. Many women Veterans feel isolated and feel like the public discounts their military experience as less challenging or less valid than that of male Veterans. Only 37% of the 256 women Veterans who participated in a survey by nonprofit The Mission Continues said they felt "recognized, respected and valued."

Women Veterans also face challenges male Veterans do not. Women Veterans have unique health care needs that require specialized care, such as breast and cervical cancer screenings, abdominal or pelvic pain evaluations, and reproductive health services. Additionally, issues such as military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and post-deployment readjustment can disproportionately affect women Veterans. Women Veterans sometimes also face sexual harassment. This can include gender harassment (behaviors that convey insulting, hostile, or degrading attitudes about women) and unwanted sexual attention (expressions of sexual interest that are unreciprocated and unwelcome).

In a
national survey of women Veteran primary care patients, one in four women Veterans reported experiencing harassment from other Veterans when they visit VA health care facilities. And though great strides have been made in recent years, many women Veterans still do not come to VA for their health care because of a lack of knowledge about VA benefits and services.

VA knows women Veterans deserve honor, dignity, and respect from the public, from their male peers, and from the health care system. To improve VA’s culture towards women Veterans, Women Veterans Health Care created an outreach campaign to increase support and respect for all women Veterans. This campaign encourages women to take pride in their status as a Veteran and to use the VA health care benefits and services they have earned.

VA thanks the millions of women Veterans who have served our country and is committed to ensuring women Veterans are seen, recognized and respected.

Culture Change Posters 2020

She Served. She Sacrificed.
Dimensions: 11x17" (PDF)
Dimensions: 8.5 x11" (PDF)

A strong woman in wheelchair pushing herself down a VA hospital hallway 
She Served. She Sacrificed. (Fillable)
Dimensions: 11x17" (PDF)
Dimensions: 8.5 x11" (PDF)

Strong woman pushing herself in a wheelchair down a VA hospital hallway.


Dimensions: 11x17"8.5 x11"16.9"       



Additional Resources:

DAV Women Veterans Study

U.S. Army

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Health Administration

Veterans Benefit Administration

VA Women Veterans Health Care

My HealtheVet


Veterans Crisis Line