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St. Cloud VA Health Care System

 

Women Continue Making History with VA

March 2, 2020

This Women’s History Month, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System invites women Veterans to continue making history with the department.

“For the Department of Veterans Affairs, Women’s History Month means more than just celebrating our women Veterans – it means making sure they’re proud of the role we play in the remaining chapters of their story,” said VA Chief of Staff Pam Powers. “We will continue to build on the legacy that America’s women Veterans have carved out by listening to them, respecting them, and serving them with the dignity this country owes them.”

Women comprise about 10 percent of the Veterans VA serves nationwide, and that number is set to increase, as women are about 20 percent of our military forces.

For decades, VA’s principal patient base was men. But today’s VA facilities provide comprehensive primary care for women, as well as gynecology, maternity, specialty care and mental health services. In the last fiscal year, 41 percent of all women Veterans were enrolled in VA, and we expect that number to keep climbing.

Since VA started tracking outpatient satisfaction in 2017, we’ve seen women’s trust in VA climb higher and higher. In 2019, 83.8 percent of female Veterans trusted the care they got at VA, and initial data in 2020 is on pace to see that trust score rise to nearly 85 percent.

Locally, the St. Cloud VA offers a host of services geared toward women Veterans, including primary and urgent care, preventive health screenings including breast, cervical and colon cancer screens and immunizations, family planning services, reproductive and maternity health care, osteoporosis and menopause treatments, heart disease screening, smoking cessation and weight management. Mental health care services include: Individual or group therapy, sexual trauma therapy, residential and out-patient treatment programs, PTSD treatment, services for homeless women Veterans, psychiatric evaluation and treatment, and programs for victims of domestic violence.

Women Veterans interested in learning more about St. Cloud VA services for women Veterans can contact Amber Willert, Women Veteran’s Program Manager at Amber.Willert@va.gov or (320) 252-1670 Ext. 6655.