On Tuesday, November 17, NPWH attended a Women’s Policy, Inc. briefing, “Returning Home: Health Challenges Facing Women Veterans Following Deployment”. The speakers included an NPWH 2015 Conference speaker, Patricia Hayes, PhD, Chief Consultant for Women’s Health Services in the Office of Patient Care Services for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); Shurhonda Love, a veteran and the Assistant National Legislative Director of Disabled American Veterans; and Lauren Augustine, a veteran and Legislative Associate for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
The briefing highlighted the progress the VA has made in creating additional services for women veterans. It also addressed the work that still needs to be done to employ more women’s health focused providers who will provide gender sensitive care to veterans for their basic as well as complex health needs. The “I’m One. I am a Proud Veteran” campaign was also discussed. The campaign aims to give women veterans the opportunity to stand up and be recognized for their service.
If you work with or know women veterans please send them this link and encourage them to join this important campaign: