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Sioux Falls VA Health Care System

 

Women Veterans

Welcome Women Veterans!



Meet Your Women's Health Providers/Liaison 

Women Veterans Liaison:Each Community Based Outpatient Clinic has an RN appointed as the Women Veterans Liaison for the clinic. The role of the liaison is to ensure that privacy and security issues are addressed in the clinic and to serve as a resource about services available to women Veterans. They work closely with the Women Veterans Program Manager to assure that women Veterans receive the best care available.

VA launches call center to increase outreach to women Vets

Women who have served in the armed forces are eligible for a wide variety of benefits and services from VA.   However, many women don’t even consider themselves Veterans!    To receive health care benefits, one did not have to serve in combat, serve overseas, or be disabled due to military service.  Receiving VA health care does not prevent Veterans from seeing non-VA health care providers.  Veterans have many choices available. 

The first step is to enroll.  Please consider doing so today.   Veterans can apply for VA health care enrollment by completing VA Form 10-10EZ.  Apply online, or visit, call, or write our Eligibility Office.  You can also call the VA Health Benefits Call Center toll free at 877.222.VETS (877-222-8387).  You are encouraged to read more about VA health care eligibility and enrollment.

VA recognizes the unique needs of women Veterans.  We provide a full continuum
of comprehensive care in a secure environment to ensure privacy, dignity, and respect.
  Women proudly served and are deserving of the best health care anywhere.

If you are new to the VA, learn what to expect: Welcome to the VA      

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Did you know that women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran
population? Learn more about the changing face of women Veterans and 
what VA is doing to meet their health care needs.  The VA is rapidly changing
to meet the needs of women Veterans.
    

If you are not enrolled for VA health care, now is the time!

Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. VA health care for women Veterans includes:

Honor, Loyalty, Pride in Service, Patriot, Leader, Military Experience. VA knows women Veterans - what's invisible to most is visible to VA

Primary Care

  • General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
  • Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women-and men as well-may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health.

Specialty Care

  • Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care. VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.