Women who have served in the Armed Forces are eligible for a variety of Veterans benefits. VA actively encourages women to utilize the benefits due them.
The Women's Health Program targets programs and facilities to meet the unique needs of female Veterans.
Services for women include:
• Gynecology services
• Breast exams and mammography
• Reproductive health care
• Menopause treatment
Patients will be referred to other VA facilities or to the community for any service not available.
Mental health services, including treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder posttraumatic, are also available for women. Treatment for substance abuse is available as well.
VA has special services available to help women who have experienced military sexual trauma (MST).
People can recover from trauma. To help Veterans do this, VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to experiences of MST. You do not need to be service-connected and may be able to receive this benefit even if you are not eligible for other VA care. You do not need to have reported the incidents when they happened or have other documentation that they occurred.
Every VA facility has a designated MST Coordinator who serves as a contact person for MST-related issues. This person is your advocate and can help you find and access VA services and programs, state and federal benefits, and community resources. The MST Coordination for the VATVCBHCS is Dr. Emily Lawrence, available at (361) 939-6510, Ext. 62611
Every VA facility has providers knowledgeable about treatment for the aftereffects of MST. Many have specialized outpatient mental health services focusing on sexual trauma. Vet Centers also have specially trained sexual trauma counselors.
High quality gender-specific medical services are available to women Veterans.
Preventive health screening and patient information focus on breast and cervical cancer screens,
VA provides maternity care for enrolled Veterans. Normally this care is provided through an agreement between VA and an approved maternity care provider in the community. If you are pregnant or planning a family, contact us about:
• Maternity care before, during, and after delivery
• Genetic consultation with a physician when needed
• Childbirth preparation
• Parenting education
• Breastfeeding support and lactation classes
• Breast pumps
• Coverage of newborn up to 7 days after birth
Please contact Ms. Kathleen Libke, Women Veterans Health Program Manager at 956-430-9324 or by cell at 956-454-0199 for any Women Veterans Health needs. Also, please visit http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/ for more information on Women’s Health.