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2023

Breast cancer care for deployed Veterans and The SERVICE Act October 1, 2023
VA offers support for assessing breast cancer risk, with a focus on veterans' concerns about toxic exposures. The "Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas Supporting Expanded Review for Veterans in Combat Environment (SERVICE) Act" provides eligible veterans with breast cancer risk assessments and mammograms. Risk factors and the importance of regular checkups are highlighted, with a special focus on veterans who served in specific locations. VA provides resources for breast cancer screening and encourages early detection to improve outcomes.

Health care after pregnancy July 28, 2023
VA provides a variety of health care services during and after pregnancy, and we consider the unique needs that may come with being a Veteran — so you receive health care that is tailored to you.

Birth control is available at VA. Let's talk about it. July 3, 2023
Birth control is available at VA and we're here to talk about it. Whether or not you're ready to start a family, have other plans in mind, or you're just busy raising your little ones right now, we're here for you.

Women Veterans Recognition Day VANews June 12, 2023
Women Veterans Recognition Day is a reminder that women have been an integral part of the United States military for decades.

Have you experienced harassment at VA? Here's how to report it VANews May 16, 2023
Harassment happens more often than you may think, but it is not tolerated at VA. About 1 in 5 women Veterans have reported being harassed while at a VA facility, so VA is working to address and end inappropriate behavior. If you ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable, it's important to know what to do.

Pregnant? VA Offers Maternal Health Resources VANews May 4, 2023
VA offers a range of services to carry you through your pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period. For Veterans enrolled in VA health care, VA covers your care from the first positive pregnancy test throughout your whole pregnancy, and includes postpartum care and initial care for your newborn.

New shuttle shows women Veterans they belong at VA April 30, 2023
New shuttle helps women Veterans feel more at home at VA.

Reproductive health care you can trust VANews April 4, 2023
VA is a trusted source of reproductive health care and works with women Veterans so they can make their own voluntary and informed reproductive health decisions.

Women's History Month and the women who led the way VANews March 27, 2023
During March's Women's History Month, we salute women who led the way in women Veterans' health care.

Don't let your brain health slip your mind VANews March 14, 2023
Women Veterans need to know about common signs of brain health concerns and know the resources VA provides.

Seven things you need to know about VA Women's Health Reengagement Training VANews February 2, 2023
VA Women's heaRT discusses how to apply for and use VA health care to educate women Veterans on the VA health care they earned and deserve.

Don't skip a beat on your heart health VANews February 1, 2023
Fifteen minutes of exercise a day can help prevent heart disease. This can be as simple as taking a walk, riding a bike, swimming, or even some strength training or stretching while you are watching TV.

Women Veterans: We're here for you VANews January 1, 2023
Women Veterans belong at VA. That's why every VA has a Women Veteran Program Manager (WVPM) who can help you connect with resources and steer you to the services you need.

2022

Holiday survival guide for women Veterans VANews December 4, 2022
If you have ongoing mental health concerns, the stress of the holidays may make your symptoms feel worse. All these feelings—happiness, stress, sadness, loneliness—are reasonable. Give yourself permission to take a break and get help, for yourself and others. Explore useful tips and resources VA offers to help you not only survive but thrive during the holiday season.

Meet five inspiring women Veterans VANews November 10, 2022
VA and its predecessor have provided health care for women Veterans for nearly 100 years and continue to improve services every day. On Veterans Day and the entire month of November, we pay tribute to brave women Veterans.

Trust your gut VANews November 1, 2022
If you're dealing with IBS symptoms, you're not alone. IBS affects about one-third of women Veterans.

Women Veterans: Information for your non-VA care providers VANews September 20, 2022
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.

Women Veterans health care: Reasons to consider VA VANews September 6, 2022
If the last time you visited VA was many years ago, or if you have never visited us, we invite you to come see why more and more women Veterans are turning to VA for their health care. Currently, women make up about 30% of all new VA patients.

Women Veterans' preventive health care resources VANews August 2, 2022
Preventive health screenings can catch these conditions before they become worse. Some concerns like type 2 diabetes may even be prevented with regular checks and healthy habits.

Treatment for menopause symptoms available at VA VAntage Point July 11, 2022
Are you experiencing hot flashes? Sudden mood changes? Having trouble sleeping? You may be nearing menopause. If your symptoms are making you uncomfortable, talk with your VA provider for help managing them.

Women Veterans: Relief is available for pelvic pain VAntage Point May 18, 2022
Pelvic pain is a problem for many women Veterans. The type and severity of the pain may vary, and the cause of the pain is often unclear. There is relief for chronic pelvic pain and VA can help you.

VA supports parents and expecting mothers across America VAntage Point May 6, 2022
Whether you are a mom, want to be a mom, or are about to become a mom, VA supports you on Mother’s Day and every day. No matter where you are in your journey, we provide health care every step of the way to and through motherhood.

Begin your journey to a healthy pregnancy at VA VAntage Point April 13, 2022
Thinking about having a baby can be exciting and overwhelming. You want to have all the information you need — before your pregnancy — to make the best decisions for your future family. That's where VA can help.

WomensHealth.VA.gov website revamped VAntage Point April 5, 2022
Women Veterans, womenshealth.va.gov is your guide to women’s health care at VA. This newly refreshed website has been updated to better meet your needs. Each page details health concerns specific to you and gives you clear guidance on how to access care and services at VA.

VA Honors Women on the Front Lines VAntage Point March 1, 2022
During March, VA celebrates the women on the front lines whose commitment to service embodies the national 2022 Women's History theme: "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope."

Have a conversation about your risk factors for heart disease VAntage Point February 1, 2022
It's time for a heart-to-heart-about your heart. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, lack of exercise, being overweight and family history.

Healthy habits: You have it in you VAntage Point January 1, 2022
During your time in the service, you gained the tools you need to live an active, healthy lifestyle. You learned how to stay physically fit, eat nutritious food to fuel your body, and get good sleep. The demands of life after leaving active duty may have gotten in the way of these healthy habits. But now is the best time to rediscover your best health.

2021

12 ways to create community this holiday and connect with other Veterans VAntage Point December 6, 2021
Holidays can be a difficult time for many Veterans. The flurry of expectations many women feel during holidays can cause stress or feelings of loneliness. This is especially true for Veterans who may be separated from friends and family due to distance or COVID-19.

Women on Guard—Protecting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier VAntage Point November 10, 2021
VA honors the unidentified brave service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. This Veterans Day, we honor the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We will not forget the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice but were never identified or returned.

VA Provides Lactation Services for Veteran Parents VAntage Point September 15, 2021
Deciding whether to breastfeed or chestfeed is a very personal decision that many parents make during their lives. There are many health benefits associated with lactation and provision of human milk to infants.

Listen to your body—MSK conditions in women Veterans VAntage Point September 1, 2021
Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions can affect a person's muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and joints—all of which can impact the body's movement. MSK conditions may be caused by an accident, overuse, or repetitive motions. Sometimes people can have pain without ever being injured.

Women Veterans, Work and a Post-COVID World VAntage Point May 27, 2021
It is not much of a stretch to say that the pandemic has impacted everyone, in ways big and small. Yet, there are some eye-opening numbers about how women, in particular, have been affected.

Ending Gender-based Harassment at VA Facilities VAntage Point May 21, 2021
When women Veterans experience harassment at VA facilities, it can affect their health. A national survey of more than 1,300 randomly selected women Veterans at 12 different VA facilities found that one in four of them reported inappropriate or unwanted comments or behavior by male Veterans on VA grounds.

She Wears the Boots Podcast: Women's health experts VAntage Point March 11, 2021
Veterans have many of the same health care needs as non-Veteran women. Many also have health concerns unique to their military service and experiences.

Celebrating Women's History Month VAntage Point March 26, 2021
During Women's History Month, VA celebrates valiant women Veterans of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Women have honorably served in the military for generations and continue to break barriers even today.

VA supports the White Ribbon campaign VAntage Point February 5, 2021
Harassment is personal. It may seem too personal and scary to trust anyone. But VA wants to be a trusted resource for Veterans who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, or intimate partner violence (IPV).

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The Women Veterans Call Center is your guide to women's health

If you have questions or can't find what you're looking for, you can call, text, or chat online with the Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) at 855-829-6636 to get help and find available resources and services in your area. Trained women representatives can also:

  • Provide you with information on enrolling in VA health care if you have not already
  • Provide you with information on setting up a medical appointment in your area
  • Provide you with information about your eligibility (including questions about disability ratings) and other VA benefits like employment, education, and home loans
  • Connect you with your local VA Medical Center or local women's health contact who can assist in coordinating all the services you need

WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.

The Women Veterans Call Center is your guide to VA. The Women Veterans Call Center is your guide to VA.
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