March 12, 2012
DALLAS – Are there any women today that represent progress and significant historical contributions more than those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? This generation of women veterans has lived the historical turning point for women's involvement in U.S. military operations, having served as part of the largest group of female soldiers in the nation's history, in more varied roles and with more experiences. They served as gunners, police, pilots, truck drivers, and fuel suppliers. They are leaders and survivors.
VA North Texas Health Care System stands ready to help women veterans in the next chapter of their own history with health care services, education and employment benefits, and a list of other VA benefits available to them. Health care services include primary care, well women's exams, gynecological care and reproductive health, as well as management of mental health issues. These services also consist of preventive screenings for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, mammograms, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, osteoporosis, sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes, nutrition and dietary needs, and psycho-social issues that impact women's health.
Some women veterans are returning home and need help to provide a stable environment for their children. "Military life and multiple deployments have strained marriages and careers for many, and women veterans may find themselves without a job and homeless or at risk of becoming homeless,” said VA North Texas Director Jeffery L. Milligan. “Through our own VA programs and partnering with Veteran Service Organizations and various community resources, women veterans should not hesitate to contact us for help," Milligan said.
Women are now the fastest growing subgroup of U.S. veterans. The number of women veterans is expected to increase dramatically in the next 10 years, and VA health care is expected to be in high demand by the women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. VA understands the health care needs of women veterans and is committed to meeting these needs.
"Women veterans served and deserve the best quality care," said Mary Sweeney, Air Force veteran/reservist and women veterans program manager, VA North Texas. Sweeney encourages all women veterans to enroll for VA health care. "We are changing our environment to be more private for women. A great example is a new mammography imaging suite opening at Dallas VA Medical Center on March 29. Complete with spa-like furnishings, cozy waiting areas and a changing room, the suite will provide an extra level of comfort for women. The public is invited to celebrate the ribbon cutting and tour the new suite at 1 p.m.
If you are or know a women veteran and would like more information about VA’s women health services, please call 214-857-1938 or 214-929-6762 or visit http://www.northtexas.va.gov/services/women.asp.
As VA’s second largest health care system, VA North Texas serves over 111,000 unique patients, delivering over one million outpatient visits in 38 counties in North Texas and two in Oklahoma.