Serving Our Women Veterans - Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System

 

Serving Our Women Veterans

A VA employee speaks to a Woman Veteran

Susie Hartsell (left), Women Veterans Program Manager, explains VA benefits to Air Force Veteran Bonnie Ackerman.

By Susan Hartsell, Women Veterans Program Manager
Friday, June 15, 2012

As the frontlines of battle and the rules of warfare have changed dramatically over the past 50 years, so has the face of the U.S. military. Women constitute more than 14 percent of today’s active duty military, serving alongside men on the front lines in Afghanistan and in locations around the world.

Women Veterans represent the largest growing subpopulation of the U.S. military and are enrolling for VA health care at record levels.  To date, more than 80,000 Women Veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq have enrolled in the VA system.

During Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) and our outpatient clinics in Hartshorne, Tulsa and Vinita provided services for 1,770 Women Veterans.  That is almost a 30 percent increase from FY 2007 when we provided services for 1,246 Women Veterans.

Based on the upward trend of women in all branches of the military, the number of females receiving VA health care will also keep climbing.

VA is committed to meeting the unique needs of Women Veterans by delivering the highest quality health care, while offering a sense of privacy, dignity and sensitivity to gender specific needs that Women Veterans deserve.

JCMVAMC offers a variety of services for women including: primary care and women’s gender-specific health care needs such as mammograms, menopause evaluation and treatment, birth control, obstetrical, gynecology, osteoporosis and cancer screening.

We also have a Women’s Clinic at our main hospital in Muskogee and have plans to open a Women’s Clinic at the Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic in Tulsa this summer.  Our Women’s Clinic offers primary care needs including gender specific care by providers trained and proficient in Women's Health.

Mental Health services are also available which include: Military Sexual Trauma counseling, alcohol and substance abuse, anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling.

To inform Women Veterans about VA health care and benefits, we also conduct outreach events in the community throughout the year.

We are constantly striving to provide high quality comprehensive health care to our Women Veterans.  They served and deserve the best care anywhere.

To learn more about benefits and services available to Women Veterans, please visit our Women Veterans page or contact our Women Veterans Program Manager, Susan Hartsell, RN BSN WVPM, at 1-888-397-8387, ext 4277.


 

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