VA North Texas Health Care System
LGBT healthcare a priority at Dallas VA
VA North Texas Health Care System brought together a host of resources and representatives for an information fair designed to raise awareness and dispel myths about healthcare resources available to the Veteran LGBT community in the Dallas metro area.
“Our aim is creating awareness among our Veterans and staff that we are here to serve all who have served our nation,” said Gibbs, North Texas VA LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator. VA LGBT Care Coordinators are tasked to fulfill the VA’s commitment to healthcare equality, and to meet the unique patient care needs of the LGBT Veteran population.
America is home to an estimated one million LGBT service members and Veterans, many of whom have served the US military with honor and distinction, and are often unaware of the services available to them.
Ashlee Warnecke, a Psychology Intern at the North Texas VA, assisted Gibbs as part of her studies and said, “We’re here to provide a space for Veterans and employees to learn about resources available to our LGBT Vets, and to help break down barriers to care.”
Gibbs arranged the awareness program with help from various national and local partners, as well as services from across the North Texas VA. Joining Gibbs were representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dallas County’s MetroCare and Connect to Care, the Veterans Benefits Administration and a host of other resources available to the Veteran LGBT community.
“We are here to raise awareness, but also to make sure we are offering a welcome, safe and helpful environment for all who served,” noted Gloria Emmett, Ph.D., ABPP, a Psychologist with North Texas VA’s Mental Health Service.
For more information or questions, you can reach out to the North Texas VA LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator at 214-927-4601.