adopted in 1983 as R-4-83 (Medical Treatment of Women Veterans by DVA Amended
and Renumbered in 1993 as V-WV-18-93
in 1995 as WV-5-95
& renumbered in 1999 as WV-4-99
and renumbered in 2001 as WV-3-01
and renumbered in 2003 as WV-2-03
and renumbered in 2011 as WV-2
in 2013 as WV-2
Since 1982, Vietnam Veterans of America has been a leader in advocacy and
championing appropriate and quality health care for all women veterans. The
Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has made many innovations, improvements
and advancements over the past thirty years. However, some concerns remain
respective of its policies, care, treatment, delivery mode, and monitoring of
services to women veterans.
DVA eligible women veterans are entitled to complete health care including care
for gender specific illnesses, injuries and diseases. The DVA has become
increasingly more sensitive and responsive to the needs of women veterans and
many improvements have been made. Unfortunately, these changes and improvements
have not been completely implemented throughout the entire system. In some
locations, women veterans experience barriers to adequate health care and
oversight with accountability is lacking. Primary care is fragmented for women
veterans. What would be routine primary care in the community is referred out
to specialty clinics in the VA. One third of VA Medical Centers (VAMC) do not
have a gynecologist on staff.The number
of women Veterans using VHA has risen 80% in the last decade.In FY12, roughly 19% of the women veterans
served in OEF/OIF/OND.The average age
of women Veterans using the VA is 48.
That: Vietnam Veterans of America will continue its advocacy to secure appropriate
facilities and resources for the diagnosis, care and treatment of women
veterans at all DVA hospitals, clinics, and Vet Centers. We ask the Secretary to
ensure senior leadership at all facilities and Veteran Integrated Service
Networks (VISN) be held accountable for ensuring women veterans receive
appropriate care in an appropriate environment. Further, we seek that the
competency of staff who work with women in providing gender-specific health
women veterans are provided womenâs health care in a timely and geographically
VA provides reproductive health care.
appropriate training regarding issues pertinent to women veterans is provided.
there is the creation of an environment in which staff are sensitive to the
needs of women veterans; that this environment meets the womenâs needs for
privacy, safety, and emotional and physical comfort in all venues.
of all Veterans is ensured.
the anticipated growth of the number of women Veterans should be considered in
all strategic plans, facility construction/utilization and human capital needs.
patient satisfaction assessments and all clinical performance measures and
monitors that are not gender-specific, be examined and reported by gender to
detect any differences in the quality of care.
the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety, and Value
report any significant differences and forward the findings to the Under
Secretary for Health, Under Secretary for Operations and Management, the VISN
Directors, facility directors and chiefs of staff, and the Womenâs Health
every woman veteran has access to a VA primary care provider who meets all her
primary care needs, including gender-specific and mental health care in the
context of an ongoing patient-clinician relationship.
general mental health care providers are located within the womenâs and primary
care clinics in order to facilitate the delivery of mental health services.
sexual trauma care is readily available to all veterans who need it and that VA
ensure those providing this care and treatment have appropriate qualifications
obtained through course work, training and/or clinical experience specific to
MST or sexual trauma.
an evaluation of all gender specific sexual trauma intensive treatment
residential programs be made to determine if this level is adequate as related
to level of need for each gender.
Vet Centers are able to adequately provide services to women veterans.
a plan is developed for the identification, development and dissemination of
evidence-based treatments for PTSD and other co-occurring conditions attributed
to combat exposure or combat related exposure or sexual trauma.
women veterans, upon their request, have access to female mental health
professionals, and if necessary, use fee basis to meet the women veteranâs
all Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) which do not provide
gender-specific care arrange for such care through fee basis or contract in
compliance with established access standards.
based holistic programs for womenâs health, mental health and rehabilitation
are available to ensure the full continuum of care
the Womenâs Health Service aggressively seek to determine root causes for any
differences in quality measures and report these to the Deputy Under Secretary for Health, Deputy
Under Secretary for Health Operations and Management, the VISN Directors,
facility directors and COS, and providers.
furthermore; Vietnam Veterans of America will seek legislation:
a permanent VA Readjustment Counseling Serviceâs Women Veterans Retreat
ensure that neonatal care is provided for up to 30 days as need for the newborn
children of women veterans receiving maternity/delivery care through the VA.
National VVA Convention just held in Springfield, MO. We had the opportunity to
show our 1 hour documentary. The response was outstanding. John Giannini, the
Film Director was on hand to sign the DVDâs we had for sale and he had standing
ovation from over 800 delegates and families. We sold out of the DVDâs in 2
hours. We had 1000 flyers for folks to take and order and they were all gone.
But not to
worry. We are producing more. You can order copies by going to www.nvbdc.org/dvd.html. These are great for recruitment, give to libraries and such
or have one for yourself. After all it is about your organization. Vietnam
Veterans of America. See how we began. See the movers and shakers and see how
we have lived up to our motto, âNever again will one generation of veterans
info it was just a very small group of us who thought this to be a great
project and show some of our history. We raised $60,000 to fund the project,
more to produce DVDs. There is no money for us to make but with the DVD sales
we hope to recoup the expenses we have incurred to produce this for all to see.
We need everyone's help on this bill. It is called the
"Toxic Substances Research Act of 2015. Agent Orange that was sprayed in
Vietnam is now affecting our children and theirs. We need to act now to
establish within the VA to diagnose, treat and research health conditions of
the descendants of Veterans exposed.
What we need you to do and your spouse, and your parents
and your children and all of their friends and yours and your enemies also.
Everyone needs to call their Senators and Congressman now. It is a very easy
call to make and we are advising you on how to do this:
my name is _________ and I am a constituent in your
I'm calling today to urge you to co-sponsor and support
H.R. 1769, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015. This legislation would
establish within the Department of Veteran Affairs a national center for the
diagnoses, treatment, and research of the health conditions of the descendants
of veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces.
Thank you for your attention to my request and please co-sponsor
and support Bill 1769, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.
The Senate can be the same but the bill number for that
is S. 901
We need this done now. If we do not get this done in this
session we may never get it done and our children will suffer even more.
Please. Please call today or as soon as you can.
Vietnam Veterans of America Joins in Lawsuit
Against VA Secretary for
New Claims Policy That Violates Rights
of Disabled Vets
Veterans of America has joined four other veterans service organizations as
a co-plaintiff to The American Legion
et. al. v. McDonald in an effort to stop the implementation of a new
rule eliminating most informal VA claims and limiting the types of claims
the VA will adjudicate,â announced John Rowan, VVA National President. âInformal
claims account for approximately half of all claims the VA receives,â said
Rowan. âThe new rule, which went into effect March 25, eradicates the decades-old
right of a veteran to write a letter to the VA, seeking a specific VA
benefit and having the VA consider that letter as an informal claim. The
new rule also prevents the VA from considering claims that are supported by
the evidence in the VA record but have not been specifically claimed by the
The new rule
changes, which require claims to be submitted on the VAâs standardized
forms, will impose barriers for all those without access to those forms, as
well as those without the medical and legal knowledge needed to fill them
out correctly. âWhile the VA has promoted this rule change as being more
efficient and therefore favorable to the veteran, in fact, this rule change
over-formalizes the veterans claims process, making it more adversarial
than ever before. We will not stand by silently as our government places
further obstacles in front of our injured and disabled veterans and their
families, undermining our nationâs pledge to care for those who have borne
the battle and their families,â said Rowan.
Prior to March
25, under the informal VA claims system, any benefits awarded would be paid
back to the date that the VA had received a notice from the veteran,
signaling his or her intent to file. Under the new rule changes, however, the
clock for an effective date for benefits starts only when a veteran files
the standardized VA paperwork. The suit, which seeks to have the Department
of Veterans Affairsâ new rule declared unlawful by the courts, was filed in
the U.S. Court of Appeals on March 20 and was entered into the courtâs
docket on March 26. The other co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit are the American
Legion, AMVETS, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the National
Veterans Legal Services Program.
Vietnam Veterans of America
(www.vva.org) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans
service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and
their families. VVA's founding principle is âNever again will one
generation of veterans abandon another.â