Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proud to announce the launch of its new women Veterans hotline—1-855-VA-WOMEN—an incoming call center to receive and respond to questions from Veterans, their families and caregivers, about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans. The service will begin accepting calls on April 23, 2013. The hotline is staffed by knowledgeable women VA employees who can provide information about benefits and health care services for women. Callers can be linked to information on claims, education or health care appointments as well as information about VA cemeteries and memorial benefits. Hotline staff can also answer urgent questions and provide referrals to homeless and mental health services as well as provide Vet Center information.
For more information, please visit www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH
The Department of Veterans Affairs officially celebrates Women’s History Month every March by recognizing and honoring the valiant contributions of our Women Veterans, but here at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care Sysytem we celebrate it every day. Each one of the 1.8 million Women Veterans alive today serves as a living reminder of the courage and sacrifice that women have made and continue to make for our nation.
Women were officially recognized as members of the armed forces in 1901, but their military involvement dates back to the Revolutionary War. There is no better time than Women’s History Month to commend and thank them for their service. Women are now the fasting growing subgroup of U.S. veterans. As of 2007, 14.3% of active duty military (all branches) are women—11 percent of the fighting force in Iraq and Afghanistan are women. 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 young women veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Department of Veterans Affairs understands the health care needs of women veterans and is committed to meeting these needs. Women Veterans served and they deserve the best quality care.
ABOUT WOMEN VETERANS
A number of women Veterans experience trauma while serving in the military. Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) is dedicated to helping women Veterans regain their confidence, self-esteem and quality of life through counseling and treatment after such experiences.
Caring for the mind and body of women Veterans is the core of our Women’s Health Care Program. A quality well woman’s health program is important to us!
Comprehensive primary care for women Veterans is the primary goal of women’s health care program in Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. Designated providers and nursing staff interested and proficient in providing services to meet the needs of women Veterans have been identified at each of our community based outpatient clinics. Each is committed to women’s health care through designated Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs), which will provide patient-centered health care services for women Veterans. You served, you deserve the best care anywhere.
Provider Champions and Nurse Liaisons...
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:
- 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.
- 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.