The VA recently awarded 32 new grants to various VA facilities that will help to improve emergency healthcare services for female vets. The grants will also finance health education and telehealth programs for female veterans who live in more rural areas of the country.
These 32 grants are the largest single-year award that has ever been awarded with the specific goal of aiding female veterans. The grants should provide significant improvements in gynecological, mental, pharmacy, and maternity care. The VA hopes that these new programs will reach 100% of our Nation’s Servicewomen so they have complete access to the excellent healthcare they deserve.
The education grants will provide residency training for VA medical providers and nurses working in primary care. This training should improve knowledge about women’s care, specifically: gynecology and early obstetrics emergencies, military sexual trauma, and breast and pelvic exams.
Finally, the grants will be used to upgrade emergency services provided to women through the purchase of gender-specific equipment. According to the VA Undersecretary for Health, these grants should help to “provide individualized, sensitive care to women veterans.”